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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 169-171

Assessment of bacteriological quality of ready to eat food vended in streets of Silchar city, Assam, India


Department of Microbiology, Assam University, Silchar - 788 011, Assam, India

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I Sharma
Department of Microbiology, Assam University, Silchar - 788 011, Assam
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DOI: 10.4103/0255-0857.129809

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A total of 37 street vended food samples were examined for bacterial and the colony forming units counts ranged from 4.5 × 10 5 to 1.12 × 10 6 . The isolates were identified as Escherichia coli (37.5%), Pseudomonas aeruginosa (3.57%), Staphylococcus aureus (14.20%), Salmonella sp. (5.36%), Klebsiella sp. (10.71%), Shigella sp. (19.64%) and Enterobacter sp. (8.93%) respectively. All the 56 isolates were susceptible to ciprofloxacin while their susceptibility to the other drugs varied. These findings demonstrated that the ready-to-eat foods vended in Silchar city constitute an important potential hazard to human health and provision of health education to the vendors would improve quality of street foods.






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