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A comparison of microbial contamination on sheep/goat carcasses in a modern Indian abattoir and traditional meat shops

Bhandare, Sudhakar G.; Sherikar, A. T.; Paturkar, A. M.; Waskar, V. S.; Zende, R. J.

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SUDHAKAR BHANDARE SUDHAKAR.BHANDARE@NOTTINGHAM.AC.UK
Assistant Professorin Veterinary Public Health

A. T. Sherikar

A. M. Paturkar

V. S. Waskar

R. J. Zende



Abstract

The microbial load on sheep/goat carcasses was investigated in Deonar abattoir and traditional meat shops in Mumbai. A total of 96 swab samples from carcass sites were collected and analysed from the abattoir, while 144 swab samples from carcass sites were analysed from three meat shops. These samples were processed for total viable count (TVC) and differential counts. The average TVC after flaying, evisceration and washing in the abattoir was 5.51 ± 0.36, 6.06 ± 0.53 and 5.13 ± 0.58 CFU/cm2, respectively. Pooled average TVC in the shops after flaying, evisceration and washing was 5.83 ± 0.42, 6.48 ± 0.27 and 6.17 ± 0.41 log CFU/cm2, respectively. Statistical analysis revealed a highly significant difference (P < 0.01) among TVC counts after washing between abattoir and the shops. The highest prevalence of Micrococcus spp. and S. epidermidis was noticed during various operations in both the abattoir and the shops. Although Salmonella spp. could not be isolated from any of the carcass sites in the abattoir, in the shops it showed 16.4% prevalence at all the sites irrespective of operations. Overall study revealed that level of contamination in the traditional meat shops was significantly higher compared to the abattoir. However, the microbial contamination in the abattoir is also high if we compare these results to the reports from developed countries and do not conform to EU specifications. The findings of this study reflect the hygiene status of meat production in the developing world. © 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Bhandare, S. G., Sherikar, A. T., Paturkar, A. M., Waskar, V. S., & Zende, R. J. (2007). A comparison of microbial contamination on sheep/goat carcasses in a modern Indian abattoir and traditional meat shops. Food Control, 18(7), 854-858. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodcont.2006.04.012

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 24, 2006
Online Publication Date May 10, 2006
Publication Date 2007-07
Deposit Date Oct 26, 2022
Journal Food Control
Print ISSN 0956-7135
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 18
Issue 7
Pages 854-858
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodcont.2006.04.012
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/12329463
Publisher URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0956713506001216?via%3Dihub