Microbiological quality analysis of different types of popular dried food items

T. Ahmed, A. Sharmin, M.R. Dipu, T. Islam
2020 Food Research  
The study was carried out to investigate the microbiological quality of dried foods which are very popular among kids. Moreover, people from all age groups like it, although adults do not take it on a regular basis, the total consumed amount among the adults are not negligible. Chips, biscuits, muesli, salted peanuts all are dried foods, and all of these can undergo microbial contamination due to the remaining water activity, environmental condition, production processing faults, humidity,
more » ... lts, humidity, temperature etc. In the current study, twenty-four samples were analyzed for microbial quality analysis. Six samples from each category of dried food were subjected to study for the presence of mesophilic organisms, coliforms, molds and other specific food pathogens. Of the samples studied, almost all were found to be contaminated with the mesophilic bacteria (104 -107CFU/g) and fungus (105 -107CFU/g). Survival of Vibrio spp. was absent and Salmonella spp. was found in only one sample. Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas spp., Staphylococcus spp. and Shigella spp. were found in many of the samples indicating the poor quality of the dried food items. Overall, the present study revealed that potato chips were highly contaminated by bacteria and fungi. Consuming such contaminated chips may cause foodborne illness that is a great threat to our health.
doi:10.26656/fr.2017.4(4).080 fatcat:2x2x6fj2dnhsjl6t4ge5fttu7e