Summary (continued)
The results demonstrated that approximately 2.6% of the tested meat and retail meat samples were contaminated with cpe-positive C. perfringens. The recommended laboratory criteria used to implicate C. perfringens in food-borne disease should involve the detection of C. perfringens enterotoxin production or the presence of the cpe gene in foods or faeces, or in the suspected C. perfringens isolates. In the present study some isolates such as tuna contained the enterotoxin gene although they had a low count of C. perfringens.