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African Journal of Biomedical Research
Ibadan Biomedical Communications Group
ISSN: 1119-5096
Vol. 9, No. 2, 2006, pp. 133-136
Bioline Code: md06023
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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African Journal of Biomedical Research, Vol. 9, No. 2, 2006, pp. 133-136

 en Extent of Microbial Contamination of Sausages sold in two Nigerian cities
Oluwafemi F. and Simisaye, M.T.

Abstract

Three shops were randomly selected in Abeokuta (South-West Nigeria) and Benin-City (South-South Nigeria) for the purchase of sausages which were then screened for microbial contamination. For the Abeokuta sausage samples the total aerobic counts ranged from 2.06-2.80 x 106 cfu/g; Staphylococcus aureus count :1.1- 1.47 x 106 cfu/g ; Enterobacteriaceae count: 1.57- 2.17 x 106 cfu/g ; lactic acid bacteria count(LAB) count :1.70 - 2.33 x 106 cfu/g. With respect to the sample from Benin-City, the total aerobic count ranged from 3.54 x 106 cfu/g; S. aureus count: 1.8 x105- 2 x 107; Enterobacteriaceae count: 5.09 x 108 cfu/g; LAB count :1.3 -4.6 x 108 cfu/g. Probable organisms isolated from sausages sold in Abeokuta were E. coli, Streptococcus check for this species in other resources sp., Clostridium check for this species in other resources sp., Klebsiella check for this species in other resources sp., Shigella check for this species in other resources sp., Pseudomonas check for this species in other resources sp., Lactobacillus check for this species in other resources sp., and S. aureus while those organisms isolated from sausages sold in Benin-City include Salmonella, Proteus, Shigella, S. aureus, Klebsiella and Lactobacillus sp. Most of the sausages sampled were therefore considered to pose health risk to consumers, making it imperative to institute not only sanitary measures during processing, storage and marketing but also to ensure steady source of power supply.

Keywords
microbial contamination, sausages, Nigeria.

 
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