Hitit University, Alaca Avni Çelik Vocational School, Alaca-Çorum, Turkey
Milk-based desserts are a popular consumer product. They are generally preferred over other sugar-based products, especially in summer. However, these popular desserts also constitute a microbiological risk and may result in gastrointestinal disease or food poisoning. The purpose of this study was to determine the microbiological properties of milk-based desserts available for public consumption in Ankara, the capital of Turkey, and to determine their compatibility with the relevant legislation. Fifty-two milk-based desserts sold in Ankara were subjected to microbiological analysis in terms of Salmonella spp. and staphylococcal enterotoxin, as required by law – rice pudding (sutlac) (36.54 %), white pudding with a caramelized surface (kazandibi) (32.69 %) and almond pudding (keskul) (30.77 %). The samples were also analyzed in terms of Escherichia coli O157, Escherichia coli, Listeria monocytogenes, and coagulase positive staphylococci. Although none of the 52 samples contained Salmonella spp., L. monocytogenes, E. coli O157, coagulase positive staphylococci, or staphylococcal enterotoxin, E. coli (2.1x101 – 1.1x104 MPN/g) was found in 12 samples.
Keywords: Consumption, food, milk-based dessert, health, microbiological, public
Arch Lebensmittelhyg 71,
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