BACTERIOLOGICAL SCREENING OF ROASTED CHICKEN SOLD IN JOS AND ENVIRONS

Ogbu K. I., Pam V. A., Ijomanta O. J., Habiba A., Chukwudi I. C.

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This work was carried out to screen for the presence of bacteria in roasted chicken sold in Jos and environs. A total of 20 roasted chicken parts randomly collected from different selling points in Jos and environs were bacteriologically examined using standard microbiological method according to Cheesbrough, (2000). Based on the colonial morphological and biochemical test, the following bacteria species were isolated: Salmonella spp (37%) Escherichia coli. (30%), Clostridium spp (9%), Streptococcus spp (7%), Klebsiella spp (7%), Corynebacteria spp (7%). Staphyloccocus spp (5%), Bacillus spp (5%) and Serratia spp (5%). This may indicate poor hygienic practice and suggest the risk of infection and health hazard to consumers. We therefore recommend good handling/hygiene in processing. More so, preheating of roasted chicken before consumption is recommended. 

Keywords: Bacteria, Screening, Roasted Chicken, Jos


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