Non-Helminth Causes of Bovine Liver Condemnation at Slaughter in Kenya

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1981/1982
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Cheruiyot H.K
Wamae L.W
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Meat inspeotion in Kenya has been the source of informabiOin on zo'Ono'tic parasi1tes and 'eoonomic losses accruing from them as well as from other me'at-borne diseases. llhe most impO'rtant causes of liver oondemna~ilOn in the oountry have been described as fascioliasis 13-21 percent (Bitakaramire, 1968) and hydatidosis, 17-35 perrent (Ginsberg 1956, 1958). An impres~ion seems to exi'st that the rest of the Hvers without these conditions are fit for human consumption. A recent physical examination of 'livers at the Kenya Meat Commission (K.M.C.) plant at Athi River 'by the au~hors indicated that less than 30 percent of the livers ar'e passed to the consumer. The rest, apart from infection due to fascioliasi's and hydatid cysts are variously oondemned due to abscess, hep3.titis, telangiectasis, oedema and some other non-specific causes O'f inflammation and colouration. The objective of this study was to clarify the importance of these nonhelminthic cause'S of liver condemnation in Kenya.
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East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, XLVII (1-4), p. 96-98
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