Volume 7, Issue 1 (March 2020)                   J. Food Qual. Hazards Control 2020, 7(1): 18-26 | Back to browse issues page

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Asiegbu C, Lebelo S, Tabit F. Microbial Quality of Ready-to-Eat Street Vended Food Groups Sold in the Johannesburg Metropolis, South Africa. J. Food Qual. Hazards Control. 2020; 7 (1) :18-26
URL: http://jfqhc.ssu.ac.ir/article-1-637-en.html
Department of Life and Consumer Sciences, University of South Africa, Cnr Christiaan de Wet Road and Pioneer Avenue, Florida, Roodepoort 1710, Johannesburg, South Africa , tabitft@unisa.ac.za
Abstract:   (963 Views)
Background: In many developing countries, the risk of contracting a food-borne disease is high after consuming contaminated ready-to-eat Street-Vended Foods (SVFs). The main objective of this research was to assess the microbiological quality of SVF groups sold in the Johannesburg Metropolis, South Africa.
Methods: A stratified random sampling procedure was used for collecting the ready-to-eat SVF samples. Methods prescribed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) were used for analyses for aerobic colony count, Enterobacteriaceae count, presence of Escherichia coli O15:H7, detection of Salmonella, Staphylococcus aureus, and Listeria monocytogenes. The bacterial isolates were identified by 16S rRNA gene sequencing. Data analysis was done using IBM SPSS Statistics V25.0.
Results: Of the 205 ready-to-eat SVF samples, 85.37% had aerobic growth. The vast majori