The increase of pathogens in milk is threatening for the human beings. This is an investigation on overall microbiological analysis of raw and pasteurized milk as well as the milk-based beverages and also determining the antibiotic resistance pattern of isolated Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus. A total of 100 samples (raw milk, pasteurized milk, mattha, lassi and laban) were taken from various locations of the capital city of Bangladesh, Dhaka. Total Viable Count, Total Coliform Count and Yeast and Moulds Count were performed as the microbiological inspection of selected samples. E.coli and Staphylococcus aureus were identified by conducting morphological analysis, gram-staining and biochemical tests. Antibiotic resistance pattern of isolated Escherichia Coli and Staphylococcus aureus were also detected with 11 commonly used antibiotics by conducting disc-diffusion method, following the CLSI guideline. The TVC range was the highest in raw milk samples (3.8×104 – 4.1×108 cfu/ml), and the lowest in pasteurized milk samples (1.2×102 – 5.4×103 cfu/ml), while 70% raw milk and 10% pasteurized milk samples strains were above the acceptable limit of Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Thirty-six Escherichia coli and thirty-two Staphylococcus aureus were isolated from all the 100 milk and milk-based beverage samples. The isolated Escherichia coli strains were most resistant to Penicillin G (81.58%), Erythromycin (78.94%) and Ampicillin (73.68%), and isolated Staphylococcus aureus strains were most resistant to Penicillin G (90.62%), Ampicillin (81.25%) and Methicillin (71.87%). respectively. Public awareness is needed to reduce the redundant use of antibiotics.
Raw milk, Pasteurized milk, Disc-diffusion method, Antibiotic resistance pattern, Beverages
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