Assessment Of Microbiological Contamination In Chicken Meat From Small And Medium Scale Chicken Processing Plants In Peninsular Malaysia

Marina, A.R., Ismail, M., Nurzia, I., Marni, S. & Saipul B.A.R

Marina, A.R., Ismail, M., Nurzia, I., Marni, S. & Saipul B.A.R

The objective of this study is to assess the microbiological quality of chicken meat collected at small and medium scale chicken processing plants from 12 states in Peninsular Malaysia from October to December 2015. A total of 1575 chicken carcasses were collected from 314 small and medium scale chicken processing planst in four zones of Peninsular Malaysia (North, Central, East and South). All the samples were subjected to aerobic plate count (APC), total coliform and E.coli count and Salmonella detection. A total of 71 samples (4.50%) exceeded the limit of 1000000 (106) cfu/gram of APC, 111 samples (7.04%) exceeded the limit of 1000 (103) cfu/gram for total coliform count whereas 275 samples (17.44%) exceeded the limit for E.coli count (100 cfu/gram). Salmonella was detected from total of 271 samples (17.18%) respectively.