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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2017.6(2): 1235-1248
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2017.602.140


Decontamination Strategies for a Few Potentially Pathogenic and Food Spoilage Causing, Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Isolated From Commonly Used Food Garnishes
Payel Sarkar*, R. Divya, S. Sumanashree and K. Swathi
Department of Microbiology, Ramaiah College of Arts, Science and Commerce,
MSR Nagar, MSRIT Post, Bangalore- 560054, Karnataka, India
*Corresponding author
Abstract:

Food garnishes are often used in an uncooked form. Hence, the chance of contamination is high. The present research work was carried out to isolate potentially pathogenic and food spoilage causing bacteria from commonly used food garnishes. Eight such bacteria were isolated and characterized. In an event of food poisoning, the therapeutic approach would be to prescribe antibiotics. However, if these bacteria are already resistant to the prescribed antibiotics, the treatment would be ineffective. To understand whether the isolated bacteria are already antibiotic resistant, antibiotic sensitivity tests were conducted. It was found that all eight isolated bacteria were resistant to one or more antibiotics. Due to this resistance to multiple antibiotics, another approach to counter food poisoning and food spoilage would be to prevent the initial contamination of the food item to which garnishes have been added. To address this, several home-based remedies were analyzed for their role as decontaminants. It was found that many of these decontaminants, especially vinegar and 5% salt in vinegar were effective. Thus, such home remedies can be used for washing food garnishes before application onto food items to reduce chances of food spoilage and food-borne infection by antibiotic-resistant bacteria.


Keywords: Food garnishes, Antibiotic resistance, Food spoilage, Food-borne infection, Decontamination.
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Payel Sarkar, R. Divya, S. Sumanashree, and Swathi, K. 2017. Decontamination Strategies for a Few Potentially Pathogenic and Food Spoilage Causing, Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Isolated From Commonly Used Food GarnishesInt.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 6(2): 1235-1248. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2017.602.140