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African Journal of Biotechnology Vol. 8 (24), pp. 6967-6971, 15 December, 2009 Available online at http://www.academicjournals.org/AJB ISSN 1684–5315 © 2009 Academic Journals

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Food safety knowledge and practices of street foodvendors in Atbara City (Naher Elneel State Sudan)
M. A. Abdalla, S. E. Suliman and A. O. Bakhiet*
College of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Production, Sudan University of Science and Technology P.O. Box 204, Khartoum North, Sudan.
Accepted 22 September, 2009

The study was conducted to evaluate the food safety knowledge and practices of street food vendors in Atbara city between March and April, 2008. The questionnaires respondents were 28% male and 72% were female, 48% of them
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Table 1. Street foods vended within Atbara city (n = 50)

Type Cooked vegetable, soup, sauces, meat, chicken, fish. etc Porridge Bean (foul) Snacks Bottled drink juice Roasted groundnut

Frequency 31 12 1 5 4 9 4

% 41.8 16.2 6.8 11.2 5.4 12.2 5.4

which were used to collect data from 50 street vendors on their socio-economic, health and personal hygiene knowledge of vendors (hand washing, bathing, food handling and related ailments); and food hygiene and knowledge of food borne illness. A total of 50 samples of food on sale (30 g) were collected and placed in separate sterile containers and sent to the laboratory on ice container for bacteriological examination. Pieces of each food weighing 10 g were diluted in 90 ml of phosphate-buffered saline (1:10). All samples were cultured in nutrient broth, blood and Maconkey’s agars, (Barrow and Feltham, 1993). Biochemical testes were conducted for identification of the isolates. The total viable counts (TVCs) of the isolated microorganisms was carried out according to the method of Miles and Misra (1938). Statistical analysis The data were analyzed with SPSS software (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences, version 11.5, SSPS Inc and Chicago, IL, USA). Frequencies as well as the percentages of responses in each category were computed and all TVCs bacteria were converted to log10 CFU cm-2 for analysis and ANOVA was performed
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