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BADINI, Kathia Brienza; NADER FILHO, Antonio; AMARAL, Luiz Augusto do  and  GERMANO, Pedro Manuel Leal. Health risk due to the consumption of raw milk commercialized without due authorization. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 1996, vol.30, n.6, pp.549-552. ISSN 1518-8787.

Sixty raw milk samples commercialized without due authorization in the counties of Botucatu and S. Manuel, State of S. Paulo (Brazil), were submitted to mesophilic microorganism and coagulase-positive Staphylococcus and most probable number of total coliform and fecal coliform counts. Forty-one (68.3%) and 50 (83.3%) of the samples were found, respectively to contain mesophilic microorganisms and total coliforms above the maximum limits established by the Health Ministry for type C pasteurized milk. Thirty (50.0%) and 11 (18.3%) of the samples were found, respectively, to the contaminated by coagulase-positive Staphylococcus and fecal coliforms. Only 5 (8.3%) samples were found to comply with the required legal standards. The results showed the unsatisfactory hygienic and sanitary conditions of the raw milk and suggest the existence of great risk to the health of the consumers, especially when the product is taken without being boiled.

Keywords : Milk [microbiology]; Enterobacteriaceae [isolation]; Staphylococcus [isolation].

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