Microbiological safety of ready-to-eat foods from restaurants and hawker centres in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Chye, Fook Yee and Lim, Chui Ngoh (2002) Microbiological safety of ready-to-eat foods from restaurants and hawker centres in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Borneo Science Journal, 11. pp. 9-22. ISSN 2231-9085

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A total of 117 sample of ready-to-eat foods from hawker centres and restaurant in Kota Kinabalu were examined the aerobic plate count (APC), coliform, Escherichia coli and staphylococcus aureus as well as selected pathogens such as Lesteria monocytogenes, Salmonella spp and Escherichia coli 015:H7. Approximately 58% sample had APC levels above the miximum limit (>106 cfu/g) permitted by the food Act 1983 and food regulation 1985. The detection rate for coliform was highest in meat whereas egg samples were the lowest. E coli was in all groups of food samples with the highest count for vegetable samples. The highest mean for S.aureus was found in egg samples (4.6x104 cfu/g),followed by meats (1.3x104 cfu/g), vegetables (2.3x 104 cfu/g), chicken (2.0x 104 cfu/g) and fishes (1.3 x 104 cfu/g). samples taken from premises which hygiene training had been given to their food handles had a better microbiological quality as compared with those without training E coli 0157:H7 was only detected in 6% of the samples and was not detected in fish. However, all food samples were negative for Salmonella and L. monocytogenes. Based on these result, it was concluded that the microbiological quality of foods sold in Kota Kinabalu was unsatisfactory and the prevalence of certain pathogens such as E. coli and E. coli 0157:H7 significantly indicating a potential risk to consumers

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Foodborne pathogens , food safety , Sabah
Subjects: Q Science > QR Microbiology
Divisions: FACULTY > Faculty of Food Science and Nutrition
Depositing User: Noraini
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2018 08:27
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2018 08:27
URI: http://eprints.ums.edu.my/id/eprint/20669

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