Bacteriological evaluation of imported canned fish with special reference to Clostridium perfringens .

Document Type : Original Article


1 Food Hygiene and Control Department, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Benha University, Egypt.

2 Bacteriology Department, Animal Health Research Institute. Doki, Giza.,


Anaerobic and facultative anaerobic microorganisms are important group of microorganisms responsible for many health hazards to consumer of canned food.This study was conducted to bacteriologically evaluating 105 sample of imported canned fish from different markets at kaluobia governorate . Bacteriological examination indicated that the mean values of the examined samples of canned mackerel, sardine and tuna were 1.7 x104±1.1 x104, 1.4 x103±5 x102&1.7 x103±9.2 x102/ g for total anaerobic counts and 1.1 x103±5.7 x102, 7.5 x102±2.7 x102&1.9 x103±1.5 x103/g for total C. perfringens counts, respectively. Moreover, C. perfringens was detected in 25.7%, 14.3% and 11.4% of the examined canned mackerel, sardine and tuna samples, respectively. However, C. bifermentans, C.subterminal, C. sporogenes, C. sordelli were isolated from such examined samples of canned fishes at different percentages .The current study classified the presence of unacceptable canned imported fish for human consumption so recommended future studies must using advanced methods to control this problems in The future and save people health.


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