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ABSTRACT

Three strains of Clostridium pefringens, ATCC 12924, ATCC 12917, and ATCC 14809, were inoculated separately into thioglycollate broth and ground beef samples and enumerated by Fung's Double Tube (FDT), Oxyrase Enzyme (OE), Gas Pak Anaerobic System (GPAS), and Anaerobic Petri Dish (APD) methods. Recovery of the three strains by FDT was significantly higher (P < 0.05) than that by the other three methods from both thioglycollate broth and ground beef, with OE second highest. FDT gave better recovery (84%) in less time (8–10 hr) at 42°C compared with the OE method (61%). FDT was also least costly.