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Bacteroides Microbial Source Tracking Markers Perform Poorly In Predicting Enterobacteriaceae And Enteric Pathogen Contamination Of Cow Milk Products And Milk-containing Infant Food.

Consumption of microbiologically contaminated food is one of the leading causes of diarrheal diseases. Understanding the source of enteric pathogens in food is important to guide effective interventions. Enterobacteriaceae bacterial assays typically used to assess food safety do not shed light on the source. Source-specific Bacteroides microbial source tracking (MST) markers have been proposed as alternative indicators for water fecal contamination assessment but have not been evaluated as an alternative fecal indicator in animal-derived foods.