Prevalence of microorganisms of hygienic interest in an organized abattoir in Mumbai, India

  • Sudhakar Ganpati Bhandare Maharashtra Animal and Fishery Sciences University, Nagpur
  • Ashish M Paturkar Maharashtra Animal and Fishery Sciences University, Nagpur
  • Vikas S Waskar Maharashtra Animal and Fishery Sciences University, Nagpur
  • Ravindra J Zende Maharashtra Animal and Fishery Sciences University, Nagpur
Keywords: Foodborne pathogens, sheep/goat carcasses, abattoir, prevalence.

Abstract

Background: The magnitude of food-borne illnesses in India is unknown because of lack of surveillance networks. Monitoring the prevalence of food-borne pathogens and indicators of contamination in primary production at abattoirs is imperative for creating a data bank and for effective control of such pathogens before they enter the food chain.

Methodology: Microorganisms of hygienic interest were screened for their prevalence at Deonar Abattoir, Mumbai. Swab samples from 96 sheep/goat carcass sites were collected and analyzed for Staphylococcus spp., Bacillaceae, Clostridiaceae and Enterobacteriaceae.

Results: Average Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus epidermidis counts were 3.15 ± 0.18 and 3.46 ± 0.17 log10 CFU/cm2, respectively. Bacillus cereus, Bacillus subtilis and Clostridium spp. counts were 3.10 ± 0.08, 3.41 ± 0.19 and 0.76 ± 0.06 log10 CFU/cm2, respectively. The Escherichia coli count was 3.54 ± 0.06 and the Klebsiella aerogenes count was 3.22 ± 0.22 log10 CFU/cm2. Counts for Proteus vulgaris and Proteus mirabilis were 3.44 ± 0.14 log10 CFU/cm2 and 3.71 ± 0.12 log10 CFU/cm2, respectively. S. epidermidis had the highest percentage prevalence at (41.6%), followed by K. aerogenes (31.9%), B. subtilis (28.2%) and P. vulgaris (23.6%). Salmonella spp. were not isolated.

Conclusions: The data demonstrate high prevalence and diversity of micro flora on carcasses in the primary Indian production facility, which might be attributed to either human handling or improper dressing especially during evisceration process. Appropriate training for personal and production hygiene is essential for workers in Indian meat production facilities.

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Author Biographies

Sudhakar Ganpati Bhandare, Maharashtra Animal and Fishery Sciences University, Nagpur

Assistant Professor
Department of Veterinary Public Health

Role:

Teaching and research in VPH, Food safety and Meat science.

Ashish M Paturkar, Maharashtra Animal and Fishery Sciences University, Nagpur

Professor
Department of Veterinary Public Health

Role:

Teaching and research in VPH, Food safety and Meat science.

Vikas S Waskar, Maharashtra Animal and Fishery Sciences University, Nagpur

Associate Professor
Department of Veterinary Public Health

Role:

Teaching and research in VPH, Food safety and Meat science.

Ravindra J Zende, Maharashtra Animal and Fishery Sciences University, Nagpur

Associate Professor
Department of Veterinary Public Health

Role:

Teaching and research in VPH, Food safety and Meat science.

Published
2010-04-15
How to Cite
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Bhandare SG, Paturkar AM, Waskar VS, Zende RJ (2010) Prevalence of microorganisms of hygienic interest in an organized abattoir in Mumbai, India. J Infect Dev Ctries 4:454-458. doi: 10.3855/jidc.998
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