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Authors : Prachi Marwaha, Smita Pathak & Alpana Singh

Page Nos : 132-142

Description :
India is a country where each city boasts of its own unique street food and a large percentage of population relishes on these delicacies. The most popular street food in India is panipuri. The present study undertaken to assess the bacterial profile of masala pani and matar sold with panipuri in Jabalpur city of Madhya Pradesh, India. Total twelve samples from different zones of Jabalpur were aseptically collected and analysed within one hour of procurement. Isolation, enumeration and identification of the bacteria were carried out following the standard procedure. Result shows that the total viable count of bacteria varied between 58.6-121.3×10-5CFU and 48-119.3×10-5CFU in all samples of masala pani and matar respectively, this showed that almost all panipuri samples have high bacterial load of pathogenic bacteria such as Enterobactor facellius, Salmonella sp., Pseudeomonasflourosence, Protease sp., Streptococcus sp., E. coli, Enterobactoraerogenous and Klebsella pneumonia. The mean scores of total viable count (CFU) of masala pani from four zones of Jabalpur do not differ significantly (p≤0.05) and mean scores of total viable count (CFU) of matar from four zones of Jabalpur differ significantly (p≥0.05).thus, bacterial profile demonstrates that the panipuri sold in Jabalpur city constitute an important potential hazard to human health and provision of health education to the vendors improve quality of panipuri.