alexa Microbiological Quality Of Street Food Sold In Sicily-Italy
ISSN: 2476-2059

Journal of Food: Microbiology, Safety & Hygiene
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6th International Conference on Food Safety & Regulatory Measures
June 05-07, 2017 Milan, Italy

Ziino Graziella, Giarratana Filippo, Infantino Giovanni and Giuffrida Alessandro
University of Messina, Italy
Posters & Accepted Abstracts: J Food Microbiol Saf Hyg
DOI: 10.4172/2476-2059-C1-003
Abstract
Street foods are ready-to-eat foods and beverages prepared and/or sold by vendors and hawkers especially in streets and other similar public places. Street vended foods are not only appreciated for their unique flavors, convenience and the role which they play in the cultural and social heritage of societies but also for their nutritional value. The aim of this study was to investigate on microbiological contamination of 55 street foods (n=9 boiled octopus; n=19 panelle/fritters made from gram flour; n=18 spleen and lung; n=9 stigghiole/guts) normally traded in Sicily (Italy). Food samples were tested for aerobic mesophilic bacteria (AMB), Enterobacteriaceae, Escherichia coli, coagulase-positive staphylococci, Bacillus cereus and sulfite reducing anaerobes counts and presence of Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes. All isolates were confirmed by MALDITOF. High level of contamination for AMB, Enterobacteriaceae and coagulase-positive staphylococci were found especially in stigghiole and spleen and lung samples. Salmonella and L. monocytogenes were not detected. The results of this study show that the microbiological quality of street foods sold in Sicily is quite variable. The authors stress the importance of selection of raw material of high quality as well as the control of cooking and storage temperatures in order to minimize bacterial potential hazards.
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