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Prevalence of Foodborne Pathogens in Food Items in Quetta, Pakistan

Prevalence of Foodborne Pathogens in Food Items in Quetta, Pakistan

Abdul Samad1, Ferhat Abbas1, Zafar Ahmad1, Olena Pokryrshko2 and Tauseef M Asmat1,*

1Center for Advanced Studies in Vaccinology and Biotechnology, University of Balochistan, Quetta, Pakistan
2Department of Microbiology, Virology and Immunology, Ternopil State Medical University, Ukraine

*     Corresponding author: tauseefcasvab@gmail.com

 

ABSTRACT
Foodborne pathogens pose a great health risk globally. This study was conducted to examine the prevalence of deadly food contaminants like Salmonella spp., Listeria monocytogenes, Campylobacter jejuni and E. coli (O157:H7) in various types of food items consumed locally. Total of 800 most common food samples such as chicken, beef meat, raw milk, vegetables and salad samples were collected from retail market, the overall contamination of food samples with infectious agents was 48.37%. Campylobacter jejuni was recorded much higher (28.99%) compared to other foodborne pathogens. Food samples were also found positive for Salmonella spp. (19%), E. coli (O157:H7) (8%) and 1.25% for Listeria monocytogenes. 5% tested food samples were found co-infected with at least two pathogens. The results urge to adopt proper food hygiene practices to reduce the incidence of food-borne diseases.

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Pakistan Journal of Zoology

October

Vol. 50, Iss. 5, Pages 1601-1998

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