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Four food samples namely fried chicken, friedrice, meat pie and cake from four different fast food restaurants in Lokoja werepurchased and assessed microbiologically. Ten bacterial species were identified as Streptococcus sp., Bacillus sp., Staphylococcus sp., Flavobacterium sp., Proteus sp., Escherichia coli, Klebsiella sp., Salmonella sp. and Pseudomonasaeruginosa. Four fungal species namely Penicillium sp., Rhizopus stolonifer, Mucor sp. and Aspergillus flavus were isolated and identified in thesamples. The bacterial count of food samples ranged from 7.0 × 103 to 2.23 × 105 cfu-g while coliform count ranged from 6.0 × 105 to1.175 × 105 cfu-gand the total fungal count ranged from 1.4 × 103 to 5.75 × 104 cfu-g. These values are more than therequired levels stipulated by regulatory bodies responsible for food safety for cooked foods.The organisms identified in the food samples are indicative of poor personalhygiene while handling or processing food, and thus food handlers should takenecessary precautions so as to ensure that food safety of the populace is notcompromised.

KEYWORDS

Fast Foods, Lokoja, Microbiological, Assessment, Restaurants

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Fowoyo, P. and Baba-Ali, R. 2015 Microbiological Assessment of Fast Foods Sold in Lokoja Metropolis, Nigeria. Open Access Library Journal, 2, 1-7. doi: 10.4236-oalib.1101541.





Autor: Patience Temitope Fowoyo, Ridwan Baba-Ali

Fuente: http://www.scirp.org/



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