Subscribe Now Subscribe Today
Science Alert
 
FOLLOW US:     Facebook     Twitter
Blue
   
Curve Top
Journal of Biological Sciences
  Year: 2018 | Volume: 18 | Issue: 2 | Page No.: 68-73
DOI: 10.3923/jbs.2018.68.73
Traceability in the Meal Production Chain of Hospitalized Patients: Safety and Hygienic Quality
Mohammed Abubaker Basalamah, Mohammad Abd Elmoneim Elmadbouly and Firas Sultan Azzeh

Abstract:
Objective: The objective of study was to investigate the safety and microbial quality of each stage of the patients' meals production chain to determine the critical control points to reduce, eliminate or prevent the possibility of a food safety hazard in two public hospitals in Mecca. This study also evaluated the Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and sanitation procedures in the hospitals. Methodology: A predesigned checklist was used to assess the GMP, sanitation and hygiene practices. Bacteriological examination including estimation of total Aerobic Plate Count (APC), enumeration of mould and yeast count and Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus), Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Salmonella spp. were done according to the standard methods. Mann-Whitney test for non-parametric data was performed to determine the statistical differences of results between the two hospitals. Results: The GMP and sanitation procedures showed comparable values between both hospitals. No significant differences in the microbiological examinations were observed in the stages of receiving and storage of ingredients, preparation, cooking and collecting foods at the line between the two hospitals. Serving the meals to patients' stage showed significantly (p = 0.036) higher APC value in hospital 1 than hospital 2. Staphylococcus aureus and E. coli bacteria were not detected during the delivery of meals to patients but Salmonella spp. were found at this stage in cold served vegetable salad and coleslaw salad that contained mayonnaise. Conclusion: Hospital food workers should be trained to carefully handle food items that could possibly be contaminated with pathogenic microbes.
PDF Fulltext XML References Citation Report Citation
How to cite this article:

Mohammed Abubaker Basalamah, Mohammad Abd Elmoneim Elmadbouly and Firas Sultan Azzeh, 2018. Traceability in the Meal Production Chain of Hospitalized Patients: Safety and Hygienic Quality. Journal of Biological Sciences, 18: 68-73.

DOI: 10.3923/jbs.2018.68.73

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=jbs.2018.68.73

 
COMMENT ON THIS PAPER
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

       

       

Curve Bottom