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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 24-39

Study on microbial analysis of street vended foods (sugar cane juice and pani puri) in the city of Hyderabad, Telangana, India

1 Student, Anwarul Uloom PG College, Mallepally, Hyderabad, India
2 Head of Department, Nutrition & Dietetics, Anwarul Uloom PG College, Mallepally, Hyderabad, India
3 Assistant Professor, Department of Biotechnology, Anwarul Uloom PG College, Mallepally, Hyderabad, India

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Arjumand Ameen
Student, Anwarul Uloom PG College, Mallepally, Hyderabad
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Food borne illnesses are usually on peak during summer as humid weather favors faster microbial growth. Street foods are more susceptible to microbial contamination. Twenty fresh samples; 10 Sugarcane juice and 10 Pani Puri, were tested for bacterial and fungal contamination using standard procedure during the month of April, 2018. The results revealed that in almost all the areas, the quality of street foods was hygienically very poor as indicated by high fungal and bacterial load. 14 out of 20 samples demonstrated fungal infestation while 17 out of 20 samples demonstrated bacterial contamination. Out of 14 samples of fungal infestation, Aspergillus was found in 6 samples, followed by Saccharomyces in 5 samples. Rhizopus, Mucor, Pénicillium was also present. Out of 17 samples of bacterial contamination, E.coli, Staphylococcus and Bacillus were found in 6 samples each. Besides these, Shigella and Pseudomonas were also present. Our results demonstrate the unhygienic quality of ready-to-eat foods, thus suggesting an urgent need for Government participation in combating food borne illnesses and ensuring food safety

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