MICROBIOLOGICAL SURVEY OF RETAIL HERBS AND SPICES

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T.A. Sarli *
N Costanzo
F. di Filippo
E. Maione
A. Santoro
(*) Corresponding Author:
T.A. Sarli | lucia.zoppi@pagepress.org

Abstract

In the present study, 80 samples of herbs and spices were analyzed for the presence of Bacillus cereus, Salmonella spp., , Escherichia coli, total and fecal coliforms, Enterobacteriacaee, total mesophilic and psychrophilic aerobic organisms, and fungi. Samples were packaged in polyethylene bags or glass containers.High levels of mesophilic aerobic microorganisms were found in most of the samples. B. cereus was present in 27 samples, Clostrium perfringens was isolated from 3 samples, Salmonella spp. was not detected.

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