Juan M Vieites

ANFACO-CECOPESCA, Vigo, Galicia, Spain

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Publications (108)224.7 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Food allergy is recognised as an important human health problem. Fish represent one of the most important causes of food hypersensitivity reaction. Small amounts of the allergen can cause severe reactions in sensitive individuals, so correct labelling is essential to ensure the protection of consumers. The objective of the present work was to develop a reliable, sensitive and specific real-time PCR method for the detection of fish and traces of fish in all kind of products included those that have undergone aggressive treatments such as high temperature or pressure. This methodology was validated simulating products likely to contain this allergen and spiking them with fish cooking water. In addition, a comparison between the performance of in-house methodology and a commercial kit, both of them based on real-time PCR, was carried out. This work is relevant because it is the first, rapid real-time PCR method developed to date for the detection of fish in processed food products. The results obtained confirm the present assay is a useful tool in detecting fish and, therefore, minimising exposure and reducing incidences of allergic reaction to fish in contaminated products.
    Food Chemistry 05/2014; 151:415-20. · 3.33 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Real-Time PCR is a very powerful tool with multiple applications in food microbiology, being pathogen detection the most important for food safety. In early January 2013 an increase in the incidence of Listeria monocytogenes was observed in a mussel-processing facility in the north-west of Spain. Then, a previously in-house validated qPCR method was applied to detect the contamination origin in the processing line. By the end of the same month a total of 62 samples from different spots in the processing plant were analyzed, obtaining 25 positive results by qPCR. All the isolates, identified as L. monocytogenes, presented the same biochemical profile and belonged to the same molecular typing group (Group 3). After the identification and elimination of the contamination source, 25 additional samples were analyzed over the following nine months, without any positive sample. Results obtained showed that the qPCR method is a suitable technique to identify the exact source of contamination that could appear in food processing plants, saving time respect to traditional culture methods.
    Food Control. 01/2014; 46:319–323.
  • Martiña Ferreira, Jorge Lago, Juan Manuel Vieites, Ana G Cabado
    Seafood and Freshwater Toxins: Pharmacology, Physiology, and Detection. 01/2014; 14:291.
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    ABSTRACT: Part of the new IFST Advances in Food Science Series, Seafood Processing: Technology, Quality and Safety covers the whole range of current processes which are applied to seafood, as well as quality and safety aspects. The first part of the book (‘Processing Technologies’) covers primary processing, heating, chilling, freezing, irradiation, traditional preservation methods (salting, drying, smoking, fermentation, etc), frozen surimi and packaging. The subjects of waste management and sustainability issues of fish processing are also covered. In the second part (‘Quality and Safety Issues’), quality and safety analysis, fish and seafood authenticity and risk assessment are included.
    01/2014: pages 421-454; , ISBN: 978-1-118-34621-1
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    ABSTRACT: Enteromyxum scophthalmi is a myxozoan parasite that causes severe parasitic diseases in cultured turbot affecting mainly the intestine of the host. It is characterized by producing acute enteritis, starvation and eventually death. Current diagnosis of E. scopthalmi use traditional techniques, based on the identification of the morphology of the parasite. These techniques take extended time to be carried out and do not favour the adoption of control measure at turbot farms and require the sacrifice of fish. This study develops a fast real-time PCR molecular tool for the detection of E. scophthalmi in infected farmed turbot. This methodology is applicable for routine controls on the farm at every stage of the parasite infection. Results of the study demonstrate the robustness, specificity, efficiency and reliability of the technique. In addition, this study also provides a non-invasive procedure of sampling through swaps. This allows control, prevention and diagnosis of the parasite infection at turbot farms while maintaining the welfare of the cultivated fish and avoiding sacrifice of the fish sampled.
    Aquaculture Research 01/2014; · 1.42 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A total of 84 samples of wild and farmed fish, cephalopods and fish oils for animal feeding, traded in Spain, were analysed for polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans (PCDD/Fs) and dioxin-like polychlorinated biphenyls (dl-PCBs) in 2009-2012, by gas chromatography-ion trap tandem mass spectrometry (GC-MS-MS). The method was optimised for screening at moderate costs, allowing PCDD/Fs determination at 1 pg World Health Organization-toxic equivalent quantities (WHO-TEQ) g(-1) wet weight (w w) and dl-PCBs at 0.02 pg WHO-TEQ g(-1) w w. Concentrations in fish and cephalopods ranged from values below the limit of detection to 1.7 pg g(-1) WHO-TEQ sum PCDD/Fs and dl-PCBs, considered as safe with regard to EU legislation. Higher levels were found in cod livers (5.4-54.2) and fish oils (3.3-30.7), with one noncompliant sample in each group.
    Food Additives and Contaminants: Part B Surveillance 09/2013; 6(3):218-230.
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    ABSTRACT: A wide variety of qPCR methods currently exist for Salmonella spp., Escherichia coli O157 and Listeria monocytogenes detection. These methods target several genes and use different detection chemistries, either in simplex or in multiplex formats. However, the majority of these methods have not been carefully validated, and the number of validated methods that use multiplex qPCR is even lower. The aim of the present study was to develop and validate a multiplex qPCR method from previously validated simplex qPCR primers and probes. A modified broth medium was selected and primary and secondary enrichment times were further optimized. Efficiency of the newly combined qPCR system was comprised between 91% and 108%, for simplex and multiplex analyses. A total of 152 food and environmental, natural and spiked samples, were analyzed for the evaluation of the method obtaining values above 91% that were reached for all the quality parameters analyzed. A very low limit of detection (5cfu/25g after enrichment) for simultaneous identification of these 3 pathogens was obtained.
    International journal of food microbiology 04/2013; 164(1):92-98. · 3.01 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The toxic effects of the organotin compounds MBT, DBT and TBT were evaluated in vitro in a Neuroblastoma human cell line. Mechanisms of cell death, apoptosis vs. necrosis, were studied by using several markers: inhibition of cell viability and proliferation, F-actin and mitochondrial membrane potential changes as well as ROS production and DNA fragmentation. The most toxic effects were detected with DBT and TBT even at very low concentrations (0.1 - 1 µM). In contrast MBT induced lighter cytotoxic changes at the higher doses tested. None of the studied compounds stimulated PI uptake, although the most toxic chemical, TBT, caused LDH release at the higher concentrations tested. These findings suggest that in Neuroblastoma, OTC-induced cytotoxicity involves different pathways depending on the compound, concentration and incubation time. A screening method, for DBT and TBT quantification was developed based on cell viability loss, allowing a fast detection alternative to complex methodology.
    Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 03/2013; · 3.11 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Despite efforts done by industries some well known foodborne pathogens, like Salmonella spp. and Listeria monocytogenes, continue to be a challenge to public health institutions and a threat for consumers. The aim of this study was to develop a complete, rapid and reliable multiplex real-time PCR (qPCR) method for the simultaneous detection of these two bacteria in food and environmental samples, including a novel single enrichment broth (TA10) for both bacteria. TA10 broth was modified (pH and buffer concentration) to enhance simultaneous growth of both pathogens in the presence of high numbers of competitors bacteria. Also two different DNA-extraction protocols were compared. qPCR efficiency above 90% was obtained, covering 5 orders of magnitude. Complete method achieved low limit of detection (5 cfu/25 g), and all quality parameters of the method returned values over 90%. Complete qPCR method was applied to 95 natural samples covering a wide variety of food types proving that the qPCR method described, including the use of one single enrichment broth, modified TA10, was suitable for the simultaneous and reliable screening of Salmonella spp. and L. monocytogenes in food and environmental samples.
    Food Control. 03/2013; 30(1):76–85.
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    ABSTRACT: An interlaboratory collaborative study to validate a colorimetric phosphatase inhibition assay for quantitative determination of the okadaic acid (OA) toxins group in molluscs, OkaTest, was conducted. Eight test materials, including mussels, scallops, clams, and cockles, were analyzed as blind duplicates. Blank samples and materials containing different OA toxin levels ranging from 98 to 275 microg/kg OA equivalents were included. The study was carried out by a total of 16 laboratories from 11 different countries. Values obtained for repeatability relative standard deviations (RSDr) ranged from 5.4 to 11.2% (mean 7.5%). Reproducibility RSD (RSD(R)) values were between 7.6 and 13.2% (mean 9.9%). The Horwitz ratio (HorRat) values ranged between 0.4 and 0.6. A recovery assay was also carried out using a sample spiked with OA. A mean recovery of 98.0% and an RSD of 14.5% were obtained. The results obtained in this validation study indicate that the colorimetric phosphatase inhibition assay, OkaTest, is suitable for quantitative determination of the OA toxins group. OkaTest could be used as a test that is complementary to the reference method for monitoring the OA toxins group.
    Journal of AOAC International 01/2013; 96(1):77-85. · 1.23 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Economic importance of gadoids such as fishing resource, and their conservation status, necessitates the development of techniques that allow unequivocal authentication of products made from them. Amplification of a fragment of mitochondrial cytochrome b (cyt b) marker and subsequent phylogenetic analysis were carried out to authenticate these products and assure their correct labeling. Also, SNP analysis that allows detection of species mixtures of Gadus genus was developed. For this, two fragments of the cyt b gene were amplified and sequenced, one of 464 bp and another internal fragment to this of 263 bp to allow the authentication of gadoid species in highly processed products. Obtained sequences were aligned and analyzed in order to assess the presence of informative variable positions and a maximum of 14 SNP were identified and selected. These allow detection and identification of species mixtures belonging to this genus. The developed methodologies were validated and applied to 25 commercial samples. The main novelty of this work lies in the fact that is the only work that allows the detection of species mixtures of the Gadus genus and is the only one that allows the authentication of highly processed products up to date. Furthermore, this methodology allows identifying more of 15 species of gadoids and can be applied to all kinds of seafood products. Therefore, this molecular tool can be applied in questions related to check the fulfillment of labeling regulations for seafood products, verify the correct traceability in commercial trade and for fisheries control.
    European Food Research and Technology 01/2013; 236(1). · 1.39 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Prepared by a team of specialists, this volume presents the latest molecular methods for determining the presence of constituents that make a food what it is claimed to be. By clarifying the theory and applications of DNA, peptide, and lipid technologies, the book presents information required to identify molecular markers whose presence defines the quality and provenance of meats, seafood, cheeses, oils, wines, cereal products and other foods. The text provides critical tools and data needed to augment routine food analysis and enhance food safety by aiding in the detection of counterfeit, and potentially deleterious, foods. From the Preface Modern analytical techniques have made it possible in many cases (at least theoretically) to detect and objectively measure an "authentic" characteristic claimed to be a "quality" attribute. Most of the time, such measurement can be achieved by identifying and measuring organic molecules in the food or food product. In a word, we can use one or more molecules as markers for the alleged authenticity. The aim of this book is to present the most important cases, including major food commodities and major organic compounds in them, where organic molecules can be used as molecular markers for food authenticity. The book offers practical and background information on applying biomolecular and chemical techniques to determine the source and ingredients of food products, to help prevent fraud and thereby improve food safety by not exposing consumers to counterfeit products.
    01/2013: pages 259-294; , ISBN: 978-1-60595-045-7
  • Montserrat Espiñeira, Juan M Vieites
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    ABSTRACT: The TaqMan real-time PCR has the highest potential for automation, therefore representing the currently most suitable method for screening, allowing the detection of fraudulent or unintentional mislabeling of species. This work describes the development of a real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) system for the detection and identification of common octopus (Octopus vulgaris) and main substitute species (Eledone cirrhosa and Dosidicus gigas). This technique is notable for the combination of simplicity, speed, sensitivity and specificity in an homogeneous assay. The method can be applied to all kinds of products; fresh, frozen and processed, including those undergoing intensive processes of transformation. This methodology was validated to check how the degree of food processing affects the method and the detection of each species. Moreover, it was applied to 34 commercial samples to evaluate the labeling of products made from them. The methodology herein developed is useful to check the fulfillment of labeling regulations for seafood products and to verify traceability in commercial trade and for fisheries control.
    Food Chemistry 12/2012; 135(4):2439-44. · 3.33 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Meat is a significant source of high-quality nutrients, which are very important in the diet. Among meat products, one of the most prized is bovine meat, of which male beef has been designated to be of a higher quality. However, because of its similarity with female beef, deliberate or unintentional substitutions can occur. To avoid this, methodology based on the fast real-time polymerase chain reaction has been developed to authenticate the species and gender origin of beef. This technique consists of two polymerase chain reactions: one bovine-specific reaction and another Y-chromosome-specific multiplex reaction. This methodology has been validated for all kinds of beef products, including those subjected to intensive processing treatments, and it has subsequently been applied to 10 commercial samples labelled as ox to determine whether they are properly labelled. This assay has been shown to have high specificity, sensitivity and rapidity, with the potential to be a powerful tool in enforcing food labelling regulations.
    Food Additives and Contaminants - Part A Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure and Risk Assessment 11/2012;
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    ABSTRACT: SUMMARY Global aquaculture production of turbot has rapidly increased worldwide in the last decade and it is expected to have even bigger growth in the next years due to new farms operating. The losses caused by pathogen infections have grown at the same time as the production of this species. Parasitological infections are among the main relevant pathologies associated with its culture and produce serious losses in aquaculture, reduce the growth rate in fish and may lead to unmarketable fish due to skeletal muscle abnormalities in cases with high intensity of infection. The microsporidian parasite Tetramicra brevifilum causes severe infections and generates major losses in farmed turbot. Infections are difficult to control due to spore longevity and its direct transmission. To facilitate the infection management, an effective tool for fast detection and identification of T. brevifilum is needed. This study provides a molecular methodology of fast Real-Time PCR for T. brevifilum detection to the aquaculture industry, useful for routine control of T. brevifilum at turbot farms. The method is characterized by its high specificity and sensitivity, and it can be applied to cultured turbot for parasite detection regardless of the life-cycle stage of the pathogen or the infection intensity.
    Parasitology 10/2012; · 2.36 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Commission Regulation (EC) N° 2074/2005 recognises the biological method as the reference method for Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) toxins detection in molluscs. It was amended by Commission Regulation (EC) N° 1664/2006 that accepted the so-called Lawrence method as an alternative to the reference method. The goal of this study was to compare AOAC Official Methods of Analysis 959.08 (Biological method) and 2005.06 (Prechromatographic Oxidation and Liquid Chromatography with fluorescence detection) in samples with different toxin profiles. The influence of extraction solvent in the total samples toxicity was also evaluated. A total of 40 samples including mussels, clams, scallops, razor-clams, cockles, oysters and barnacles were analysed by both official methods. Samples were selected with Alexandrium and Gymnodinium toxic profiles, from different origin and including several presentations: fresh, frozen, canned and boiled. Acetic and hydrochloric acid extractions were performed in all samples and the extracts were simultaneously analysed by both methods. Most samples were naturally contaminated and two samples were spiked. Comparison of both official methods, mouse bioassay (MBA) with HCl extraction and Liquid Chromatography with fluorescence detection (HPLC-FLD) with acetic acid extraction, led to an 85% of consistent results regarding compliance with legal limit, including samples below and above it. The linear correlation coefficient was r² = 0.69 and the paired t test (two tails, α = 0.05) indicated that there were not significant differences among both sets of data. Nevertheless, toxicity differences were found in several samples. In 15 out of 18 shellfish with a Gymnodinium toxic profile, higher toxicity levels were obtained by MBA. This fact was more evident in 7 samples, partially related to the lack of standards and the impossibility of analysing dc-NEO, C1, 2 and GTX6 at the beginning of the study. However, other factors concerning the extraction and SPE clean-ups steps may also contribute. By contrast, 9 samples presented a much higher total toxicity by HPLC-FLD than by MBA. These higher results obtained by HPLC-FLD could not only be due to the use of the highest toxicity equivalency factor (TEF) for isomers oxidated into products that coelute when total toxicity of these samples were calculated. Further analyses of results obtained by HPLC-FLD and by MBA with both extracts were done separately.
    Toxicon 06/2012; 60(5):864-73. · 2.92 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Crustaceans are one of the most common allergens causing severe food reaction. These food allergens are a health problem, and they have become very important; there are various regulations that establish that labeling must be present regarding these allergens to warn consumers. In the present work a fast real-time PCR, by a LNA probe, was developed. This allows the detection of crustaceans in all kinds of products, including processed products in which very aggressive treatments of temperature and pressure during the manufacturing process are used. This methodology provides greater sensitivity and specificity and reduces the analysis time of real-time PCR to 40 min. This methodology was further validated by means of simulating products likely to contain this allergen. For this, products present on the market were spiked with crustacean cooking water. The assay is a potential tool in issues related to the labeling of products and food security to protect the allergic consumer.
    Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 02/2012; 60(8):1893-7. · 3.11 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The squids are a group of cephalopods widely distributed and with high commercial value. In the present work, a fast real-time PCR was developed for the authentication of the European squid (Loligo vulgaris). This method is based on a specific primer/probe set that amplifies a fragment of the Internal Transcribed Spacer 1 (ITS 1) ribosomal DNA region. This technique is notable for its conceptual and practical simplicity, together with its combination of speed, sensitivity and specificity in a homogeneous assay. To all this must be added the time savings produced by the fast real-time PCR due to shorter runs. The presented methodology was validated to check how the degree of food processing affects the applicability of this technique and therefore the detection of L. vulgaris. It was demonstrated that the technique can be applied to all kinds of processed products. The commercial denomination of some cephalopods, including European squids, is an important issue due to the legal gaps, since the same species has different commercial name depending on the format in the market. The methodology herein developed was applied to 42 commercial samples to evaluate the situation regarding the labeling of products made from these species. Moreover, the method can be applied to all kinds of products regardless of the degree of processing.
    European Food Research and Technology 01/2012; 234(1):77-85. · 1.39 Impact Factor
  • Herrero B, Vieites JM, Espiñeira M
    Food Additives and Contaminants. 01/2012; In Press.
  • Lago FC, Vieites JM, Espiñeira M
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    ABSTRACT: Rajidae family is one of the most diverse families within Batoidea superorder with more of 220 described species, of which many skates are particularly vulnerable to overfishing. This fact makes IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List of Threatened Species contains 209 of these skate species.The main marketing formats of these species are fresh and frozen wings. This makes impossible their identification on the basis of their morphological characters. For these reasons, in the present study a method for genetic identification of different skate species has been developed. The technique is based on sequencing of a fragment of 555 bp from amplified DNA, COI (Cytochrome Oxidase subunit 1) gene, by PCR and subsequent phylogenetic analysis (FINS: Forensically Informative Nucleotide Sequencing). The technique allows the genetic identification of more than 40 skate species in skate products.The main novelty of this work lies in the fact that up to now there is no work about the genetic identification that includes so many skate species. Therefore, this molecular tool is appropriate to clarify questions related with the correct labeling of skate commercial products, the traceability of raw materials, and the control of imported skates, and also can be applied to questions linked to the control of skate fisheries.
    Food Control. 01/2012; 24:38-43.

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791 Citations
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  • 1996–2013
      Vigo, Galicia, Spain
  • 1996–2012
    • University of Vigo
      • Faculty of Biology
      Vigo, Galicia, Spain
  • 1999–2010
    • University of Santiago de Compostela
      • Facultad de Veterinaria
      Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain
  • 2001–2003
    • Centro de Supercomputación de Galicia
      Santiago, Galicia, Spain