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Bacterial and parasitic contaminants of salad vegetables sold in markets in Fako Division, Cameroon and evaluation of hygiene and handling practices of vendors

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Research Notes, February 2018
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Title
Bacterial and parasitic contaminants of salad vegetables sold in markets in Fako Division, Cameroon and evaluation of hygiene and handling practices of vendors
Published in
BMC Research Notes, February 2018
DOI 10.1186/s13104-018-3175-2
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Authors

Jane-Francis Tatah Kihla Akoachere, Bertrand Fossi Tatsinkou, Joseph Mbapngong Nkengfack

Abstract

Increase in awareness of the health benefits of vegetables has resulted in an increase in consumption. Many vegetables are consumed raw to retain the natural taste and heat labile nutrients. The safety of raw vegetables is a great concern. We investigated the bacteriological and parasitological quality of salad vegetables sold in three major markets in Fako Division Cameroon, the hygiene and preservation practices of vendors and determined the antimicrobial sensitivity of bacterial isolates, to provide data that could be used to improve food safety and safeguard public health. Bacterial contamination was high. Mean aerobic bacteria counts ranged from 2.5 × 106 to 15 × 106 cfu/g, total coliform counts from 4 to >  2400/g and fecal coliforms < 3 to 1100/g. Six bacterial species were isolated among which Staphylococcus aureus (35.4%) predominated while Serratia marcescens (8.5%) was the least. Bacteria showed high resistance to erythromycin (87.6%). Ten parasitic organisms were detected. Balantidium coli (25.6%) and Entamoeba spp. (21.7%) predominated. Contamination was highest in lettuce and lowest in green pepper. Hygiene and vegetable preservation practices of vendors were poor and could aggravate contamination. Contamination of fresh salad vegetables with pathogenic bacteria and parasites could be a food safety concern in study area.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 100 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 14 14%
Student > Bachelor 12 12%
Researcher 10 10%
Student > Ph. D. Student 9 9%
Professor > Associate Professor 4 4%
Other 11 11%
Unknown 40 40%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 12 12%
Immunology and Microbiology 10 10%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 10 10%
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 7 7%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 6 6%
Other 12 12%
Unknown 43 43%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 2. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 08 February 2018.
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#7,800,923
of 12,481,741 outputs
Outputs from BMC Research Notes
#1,398
of 2,798 outputs
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#191,385
of 340,433 outputs
Outputs of similar age from BMC Research Notes
#17
of 34 outputs
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