Evaluation of the Quality of the Minced Meat in Egyptian Markets

Document Type : Original Article


1 Food Hygiene and Control Dept., Fac. Vet. Med., Benha univ.

2 Meat hygiene, animal research institute Banha Branch.

3 Veterinary practitioner.


The aim of the present study is to evaluate the quality of minced meat (fresh – frozen) in Egyptian markets. A total of 90 minced meat samples (45 fresh – 45 frozen) were collected from butchers and retailed supermarkets shops in different locations in Egypt.All collected samples were transferred directly to the laboratory in an ice box under complete aseptic conditions without any delay and then subjected to bacteriological examination to evaluate the quality of minced meat based on their contamination with coliform and staphylococcus spp. The obtained results indicated that the mean value of staphylococcal count and coliform count of the examined fresh minced meat samples were 26.0 ± 2.2× 102 cfu/g and 19.0 ± 0.8 × 103 cfu/g, respectively, while of the frozen minced meat samples were 8.8 ± 0.7×102 cfu/g, and 14.8 ± 0.5 ×103 cfu/g respectively. 100 % of the examined fresh minced meat samples (45 samples) were unaccepted samples and 33.3% of the examined samples identified as Staph. Aureus and 28.9 % of the examined frozen minced meat samples  (13 samples) were unaccepted samples  and 23.1% identified as Staph. Aureus according to EOS 1694 / 2005 (102 cfu/g). Accepted samples based on their coliforms count were 68.8 % and 88.8 % for fresh and frozen samples , respectively according to EOS (1694/ 2005). These results indicated that the microbiological quality of retailed minced meat samples were unsatisfactory, and have health hazards for consumers as it may be lead to food poisoning.


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