ISSN: 0973-7510

E-ISSN: 2581-690X

T. Arul Kumar1, S. Saravanan1 and M. Sasikala2
1Department of Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine Veterinary College and Research Institute, Namakkal – 637 002, Tamil Nadu, India.
2Department of Veterinary Pathology, Veterinary College and Research Institute,
Orathanadu- 614 625, Tamil Nadu, India.
J Pure Appl Microbiol. 2014;8(4):3335-3337
© The Author(s). 2014
Received: 20/01/2014 | Accepted: 02/03/2014 | Published: 31/08/2014
Abstract

According to WHO, one person in three in industrialized countries may be affected by foodborne illness each year. Escherichia coli O157:H7, more commonly referred to as E. coli, is an emerging cause of foodborne illness, and children and the elderly are at greatest risk for complications. An investigation was conducted at retail chicken markets from various areas at Namakkal of Tamilnadu to identify the broiler meat contamination by E. coli which might result in food intoxication in humans. Out of 210 meat samples collected, 32.38 % were positive by culture with a microbial load of 2.38 ± 0.19 log10 cfu/g for E. coli. All cultures of positives were confirmed by recommended biochemical and motility tests.

Keywords

Broiler chicken, Food safety, E. coli, Microbial load, Confirmation

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