ASSESSMENT OF BACTERIOLOGICAL QUALITY OF KHOA (A MILK PRODUCT) SOLD IN A MRAV ATI CITY, INDIAD.H. TAMBEKAR, U.A. BIDWAI, R.N. MANTRI, Y. S. BANGINWAR AND N. S. BAJIPALE
Khoa, a concentrated milk product likely to face post processing contamination due to unhygienic condition during production, storage, handling and marketing. The microbial quality of Khoa was satisfactory at the time of production but deteriorated during storage, handling and marketing. The present study was undertaken to evaluate bacteriological quality of khoa and to develop awareness of health hazard due to its consumption to the consumers. Total 50 khoa samples were collected from various shops in Amravati city and analysed for bacteriological quality. All samples were found to be contaminated and 83 pathogenic bacteria were isolated and identified on the basis of standard test. Out of 83 isolates, Pseudomonas aeruginosa (33.73%) was predominant followed by Staphylococcus aureus (16.89%), Streptococcus faecalis (15.66), Escherichia coli (12.04%), Bacillus cereus (10.84%), Micrococcus species (6.02%), and Lactobacillus species (4.81%).
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