Food Science and Biotechnology

, Volume 23, Issue 1, pp 209–214

Characterization of pathogenic Escherichia coli strains linked to an outbreak associated with kimchi consumption in South Korea, 2012

  • Joon-Il Cho
  • In-Sun Joo
  • Kun-Sang Park
  • Min-Kyung Han
  • Na-Ry Son
  • Sook-Jin Jeong
  • Jin Heo
  • Yoon-Jeong Kim
  • Mi-Hyun Oh
  • Soon-Han Kim
  • Soon-Ho Lee
Research Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10068-014-0028-1

Cite this article as:
Cho, JI., Joo, IS., Park, KS. et al. Food Sci Biotechnol (2014) 23: 209. doi:10.1007/s10068-014-0028-1

Abstract

Pathogenic Escherichia coli (PEc) is a leading cause of both foodborne and waterborne illness. In September 2012, a major foodborne outbreak with PEc occurred, affecting approximately 1,200 students and food handlers from 7 schools in Gyeonggi province, South Korea caused by contaminated kimchi. For detection of PEc in kimchi, real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and traditional culture methods were used. EAEC and ETEC genotypes were identified in samples from individuals with the illness and in kimchi using conventional PCR. Bacteria in stool samples were genetically similar to bacteria from kimchi (98% homology). PEc from kimchi was identified as the causative agent of a foodborne outbreak in South Korea. A significant link between kimchi and individuals with foodborne illnesses after consuming kimchi was demonstrated.

Keywords

pathogenEscherichia colioutbreakfoodbornekimchi

Copyright information

© The Korean Society of Food Science and Technology and Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Joon-Il Cho
    • 1
  • In-Sun Joo
    • 1
  • Kun-Sang Park
    • 1
  • Min-Kyung Han
    • 1
  • Na-Ry Son
    • 1
  • Sook-Jin Jeong
    • 1
  • Jin Heo
    • 1
  • Yoon-Jeong Kim
    • 1
  • Mi-Hyun Oh
    • 1
  • Soon-Han Kim
    • 1
  • Soon-Ho Lee
    • 1
  1. 1.Food Safety Evaluation Department, National Institute of Food and Drug Safety EvaluationOsong Health Technology Administration ComplexChungbukKorea