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OLIVEIRA, Aline Cristine Garcia; SEIXAS, Antonio Sergio Spano; SOUSA, Cristina Paiva  and  SOUZA, Clovis Wesley Oliveira. Microbiological evaluation of sugarcane juice sold at street stands and juice handling conditions in São Carlos, São Paulo, Brazil. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2006, vol.22, n.5, pp.1111-1114. ISSN 1678-4464.

Fresh sugarcane juice is sold by street vendors without any heat treatment in São Carlos, São Paulo, Brazil. Twenty-four samples of point-of-sale juice were tested by standard methods to determine heterotrophic bacteria, total and thermo-tolerant coliform counts, Salmonella, and parasites in the juice. 25% of samples showed poor sanitary conditions, with thermo-tolerant coliform levels higher than allowed by Brazilian standards. Salmonella spp. and parasites were absent in all samples. Thermo-tolerant coliforms were detected on the hands of 37% of juice handlers, and heterotrophic bacterial counts reached 2.0 x 103 cfu/per hand. Escherichia coli was detected in one hand sample, and no Salmonella spp. was detected. Screening questionnaires were used to interview the vendors, and 62% of interviewees were either unfamiliar with or failed to adopt adequate hygiene for food handling.

Keywords : Food Handling; Food Contamination; Enterobacteriaceae; Sugarcane.

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