Bacteriological assessment of Street Vended Meat Products sandwiches in kalyobia Governorate

Document Type : Original Article


1 Food Hygiene Dep., Fac. Vet. Med., Benha Univ.

2 Animal Health Research "Doki"

3 Animal Health Research "Benha branch"


Contamination of ready-to-eat foods sold by street vendors rendering them unacceptable for human
consumption and become a global health problem. This study aimed to examine the quality and safety
of street vended meat products in kalyobia governorate . Eighty samples of meat products including 20
samples each of beef burger, kofta, sausages and hawawshi were randomly collected from the streetvendors
in kalyobia governorate to evaluate their bacteriological quality. The results revealed that the
mean values of APC, Enterobacteriaceae, coliform and staphylococcus counts (cfu /g) were 3.97×105,
5.82×103, 6.53×102 and 2.76×103 for burger , 8.51×105, 7.15×103, 9.25×102 and 5.41×103 for kofta,
1.33×106, 9.91×103, 4.38×103 and 1.23×104 for sausage , 6.76×106, 4.07×104, 1.12×104 and 6.11×104
for hawawshi respectively. Also Staph. aureus were isolated with an incidence of 40% , 45% , 55%
and70% ( with mean value of 7.54×102 , 8.13×102 , 1.96×103 and 4.28×103 cfu/g)from the examined
samples of burger, kofta, sausage and hawawshi, respectively. Also the incidences of isolation of E.coli
from the same examined samples were 10% ,15%, 25% and 30%, respectively. The obtained results
were compared to the published microbiological guidelines for RTE food of center of food safety(2014)
to assess their bacteriological quality and It was recommended that this guidelines may be adapted
locally(for RTE Egyptian food) until more precise microbial criteria for this food type could be
developed through an appropriate scientific process.