MICROBIOLOGICAL SAFETY OF STREET VENDED FRESH SQUEEZED CARROT AND KINNOW-MANDARIN JUICES IN PATIALA CITY, INDIASARVNARINDER KAUR, MOUSHUMI GHOSH AND ABHIJIT GANGULI
One hundred samples each of two freshly squeezed Kinnow-mandarin (Citrus nobilis x Citrus delicosa) and carrot juice, 20 water samples were collected from street vendors in Pa tiala city and investigated for their microbiological qualities. Mean aerobic plate counts (APC), Staphylococcal counts (SC) and fecal coliforms (FC), of carrot juices and kinnow-mandarin juices were 6.3, 6.0 and 6.2 log cfu/mL, and 5, 5.2 log and 5.05 log cfu/mL, respectively. The mean APC, SC and FC of water samples were 5.7, 4.7 and 8.06 log cfu/mL, respectively. Salmonella enteritidis was detected in five samples of carrot juices and in 3 water samples; Staphylococcus aureus occurred in 35 samples of carrot juices and 15 samples of kinnowmandarin juices. Of 12 coagulase-positive strains of S. aureus isolates, 9 produced enterotoxins B and C. Our study revealed poor microbiological quality of both citrus and carrot juice samples.
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