Pyrex Journal of Food Science and Technology(PJFST)

August 2016 Vol. 2(1), pp. 1-4

ISSN: 2985- 8747

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Bacteriological Assessment of Cassava Products in Makurdi Markets, Guinea Savanna, Nigeria

JT Johnson1*, S Gbashi2, UP Ujong3 and EO Onyenweaku4

1Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, Federal University Otuoke, P.M.B. 126 Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Nigeria.
2Department of Biotechnology and Food Technology, Faculty of Science, University of Johannesburg, South Africa.
3Department of Medical Biochemistry, Cross River University of Technology, P.M.B. 1123, Calabar, Cross River State.
4Department of Biochemistry, College of Medical Sciences, University of Calabar, P.M.B 1115, Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria.

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Accepted 24th June, 2016


Bacteriological assessment of cassava products was carried out in three different main markets modern, wadata and Wurukum markets, all in Makurdi Benue State to determine bacterial contamination. The “Garri” and cassava chip samples were subjected to the pour method to determine the number of colonies and their densities, thus the extent of contamination and analysis of fecal indicators using presumptive, confirmatory and completed tests. Fine major bacteria isolated were Escherichia coli. Aerobacter aerogenes Salmonella species, Streptococcus faecalis and Staphylococcus aureus. In all the three markets, contamination of cassava chips and garri by E.coli was significantly (P<0.05) higher (30.8%) followed by salmonella species (24.8%). The higher percentage occurrence of E. coli in those cassava products may give an indication of faecal contamination of those products during processing or handling. More so, the highest occurrence of bacteria in “garri” and cassava chips from Wurukum and Wadata markets may be attributed to the poor sanitary condition of the markets and probably because of the processing methods and materials used in producing those products and poor wast disposal and management system.

Keywords: Bacteriological, Cassava-products, Contamination, Guinea-Savanna, Nigeria.

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