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Assessment of microbial loads on cattle processing facilities at the demonstration abattoir in Ibadan metropolis Nigeria

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Author(s): V. O. Adetunji | A. E. J. Awosanya

Journal: Research Opinions in Animal & Veterinary Sciences
ISSN 2221-1896

Volume: 1;
Issue: 7;
Start page: 406;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: Meat | Enterobacteriacea | Total Aerobic Viable Counts (Tavc) | Carcass | Abattoir Facilities

ABSTRACT
The microbial load on facilities used in the processing of cattle carcass at the Bodija demonstration abattoir was assessed. A total of 108 swab samples were obtained from the abattoir wall, butchers knives, processing tables, floor, cattle carcasses before and after evisceration process and grown on plates to quantify the enterobacteriacae and total aerobic viable counts (TAVC). Microbial analysis of the water used in cleaning and the discharge effluent was also done. The study revealed high values of both enterobacteriacea and TAVC on surfaces of the processing facilities and a statistically significant difference (P
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