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Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal
Year: 2009  |  Volume: 15  |  Issue: 3  |  Page No.: 709 - 716

Microbiological quality and sample collection policy for dairy products in Ramallah and Al-Bireh district, Palestine

Al Khatib I.A. and Al Mitwalli S.M.    

Abstract: We aimed to identify bacterial pathogens/contaminants in dairy product samples collected by environmental health inspectors of the Palestinian Ministry of Health from 2001-04. A total of 722 samples of dairy products were randomly collected from different sources in Ramallah and Al-Bireh district. The percentages of unacceptable samples for the combined years were: 23.0% for total aerobic count, 21.0% for total coliforms, 15.2% for faecal coliforms, 1.0% for Staphylococcus aureus, 10.3% for moulds, 2.3% for yeasts and 14.3% for Escherichia coli. All the examined samples tested negative for Salmonella spp. Total aerobic counts rose continuously between 2001 and 2004.

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