Assessment of microbial load of okpa (A locally vended food) from parts of owerri urban
Anumihe O C, Ogunewe C, Ahamefule U, Ekere I C, Opara U
The microbial load of Okpa (Bambara cake) from two different vendors in Ekeukwu market and in Amakohia market was assessed. The total colony count ranged from 1.2 x 107 to 2.8 x107 CFU/g. Three bacteria were isolated: Enterobacter specie, Staphylococcus specie and Escherichia specie. Okpa from Ekeukwu market was found to have more microbial load and more microorganisms compared to Okpa from Amakohia market. The results of this study indicated that most Okpa samples examined did not meet bacteriological quality standards. Hence, it is recommended that consumer’s awareness on the dangers of consuming contaminated foods, education of food vendors on food hygiene and application of hazard analysis critical control point is imperative.
Anumihe O C, Ogunewe C, Ahamefule U, Ekere I C, Opara U. Assessment of microbial load of okpa (A locally vended food) from parts of owerri urban. International Journal of Biotechnology and Microbiology, Volume 3, Issue 2, 2021, Pages 38-41