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Rev Salud Publica (Bogota). 2011 Dec;13(6):953-65.

[The microbiological quality of food sent to a public health laboratory in 2009].

[Article in Spanish]

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  • 1Laboratorio Departamental de Salud Pública de Santander, Bucaramanga, Colombia. andresblanco1979@yahoo.com.co

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Testing the microbiological quality of food samples from municipalities in the Santander department which were processed by the Public Health Laboratory(PHL) in 2009.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

The microbiological quality of food samples sent to the Santander PHL in 2009 was analysed by collecting reports issued by the institution and conducting a statistical analysis of 763 food samples from 76 municipalities in the department. Minitab statistical software (version 15) and Statistica (version 8.0) were used for analysing the information by municipality; this information was organised by food category and adverse incident frequency was analysed in each municipality from January to December 2009.

RESULTS:

It was seen that 45.2% (n=345) of 763 food records had bacterial contamination; there was a greater frequency of these events in the municipalities of Barichara, Barrancabermeja, Floridablanca, Girón, Socorro and Valle de San Jose accounting for 33.6% (n=116) of all affected samples. The main foods that had non-standard parameters were prepared foods (160 samples submitted), of which 80 had alterations in quality (50%), followed by drinks like fruit juice and soft drinks (48.3%), dairy products (47.9%) and meat (40.7%).

CONCLUSIONS:

A high rate of food contamination was found in the samples sent to PHL during 2009; this information is useful for planning preventative action within the ongoing PHL surveillance programme.

PMID:
22634997
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