Fecal contamination in green vegetables that are sold in markets of Cajamarca city, Peru

Authors

  • Marco Rivera-Jacinto Laboratorio de Microbiología y Parasitología, Departamento de Ciencias Biológicas, facultad de Ciencias de la Salud, universidad Nacional de Cajamarca. Cajamarca, Perú. Biólogo microbiólogo.
  • Claudia Rodríguez-Ulloa Laboratorio de Microbiología y Parasitología, Departamento de Ciencias Biológicas, facultad de Ciencias de la Salud, universidad Nacional de Cajamarca. Cajamarca, Perú. Biólogo microbiólogo.
  • John López-Orbegoso Laboratorio de Microbiología y Parasitología, Departamento de Ciencias Biológicas, facultad de Ciencias de la Salud, universidad Nacional de Cajamarca. Cajamarca, Perú. Biólogo microbiólogo.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17843/rpmesp.2009.261.1332

Keywords:

Food hygiene, Escherichia coli, Coliforms, Vegetables, Greens

Abstract

We determined the level of fecal coliforms and the frequency of Escherichia coli in 85 samples of vegetables that were taken from randomly and were sold in the main markets of Cajamarca. Processing, isolation and bacterial identification was performed according to the food and Drug Administration (fDA). 40% of samples presented fecal coliforms, with a high index per gram (MPN/g) of E. coli and a high frequency of this in the parsley and lettuce. The analysis reveals a high level of fecal contamination, an unacceptable state of health and need for control measures against the risk that this poses to health.

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Published

2009-03-31

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Research Articles

How to Cite

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Rivera-Jacinto M, Rodríguez-Ulloa C, López-Orbegoso J. Fecal contamination in green vegetables that are sold in markets of Cajamarca city, Peru. Rev Peru Med Exp Salud Publica [Internet]. 2009 Mar. 31 [cited 2024 Jul. 14];26(1). Available from: https://rpmesp.ins.gob.pe/index.php/rpmesp/article/view/1332

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