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NCJ Number: NCJ 242069     Find in a Library
Title: Identification of a Tooth-Like Foreign Body in Swine Sausage
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Author(s): Paulo Eduardo Miamoto Dias, M.D.S. ; Thiago Leite Beaini, M.D.S. ; Rodolfo Franciso Haltenhoff Melani, Ph.D.
  Journal: Journal of Forensic Sciences  Volume:57  Issue:5  Dated:September 2012  Pages:1361 to 1364
Date Published: 09/2012
Page Count: 4
  Annotation: A tooth-like foreign body (FB) was found inside a sausage bread.
Abstract: A tooth-like foreign body (FB) was found inside a sausage bread. Analysis aimed to investigate whether the FB was a tooth and its origin. The FB was measured, weighed, photographed, and radiographed. Macroscopic findings were suggestive of an anterior tooth. Histological slides of undecalcified cross-sections of the FB and samples of human and swine teeth were prepared. Histological features of the FB (in light microscopy, 125× magnification) were discrepant from human tissues. Compared histological analysis displayed majority of features consistent with a hypsodont swine tooth, probably a canine. Cellularized cementum in crown region, adjacent to the enamel, and shape of the cementocytes were the main criteria excluding the possibility of human origin of the FB. Scanning electronic microscopy and energy-dispersive spectroscopy were not performed because of fewer features to be analyzed and FB size. It was concluded that the FB may have been incorporated during meat grinding of the sausage. Abstract published by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons.
Main Term(s): Forensics/Forensic Sciences
Index Term(s): Spectroscopy ; Dental analysis ; Food services ; Electron microscopy ; Security
Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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