Microbiological Quality and Safety Assessment of Sugar Cane Juice and Ice Sold by Vendors in Faisalabad City, Pakistan
Yasir Abbas Shah, Muhammad Afzaal, Masood Ahmad and Javeria Mustafa.
Journal Title:Acta Scientific Microbiology
The risk of illness associated with untreated freshly squeezed juices sold by street vendors is increasing gradually. Street vended juices are widely consumed by millions of people in developing countries.Epidemiological data indicated that unpasteurized sugar cane juices indisputably resulted in increased numbers of reported out-breaks. In Faisalabad city there is a constant great demand for fresh fruit juice. To determine the microbiological quality, a total of sixty five samples of sugar cane juice and thirty samples of ice sold by street vendors on four different popular roads of Faisalabad city were collected and analysed by standard methods for the detection of coliform, fecal coliform and Escherichia coli. All the col-lected samples of sugar cane juice and ice were hygienically poor as shown through high bacterial load ranging from 2 × 103 - 3 × 107 CFU/mL and 2 × 103 - 3 × 105 CFU/mL respectively. The Consequence of this study indicated the prevalence of different pathogenic microorganisms (Total coliform, fecal coliform, Escherichia coli) in many tested samples. Results demonstrated the low quality, safety of street vended sugar cane juices and ice added in it for cooling purpose. Appropriate actions must be taken immediately by respec-tive authorities to improve quality and safety of juices to prevent any type of outbreak