Incidence of <em>Salmonella</em> in Traditional White Cheese in Gaza markets, Palestine
Keywords:Traditional white cheese, Salmonella, Food microbiology, Palestine
Introduction: Salmonella has gained more interest because it cause food borne illnesses. Traditional soft cheese made from unpasteurized milk may contain salmonella.
Methods: A descriptive study was performed, one hundred and four samples of fresh white cheese collected from street venders and the local markets to investigate the incidence of salmonella in fresh white cheese in Gaza.
Results: Salmonella was found in four samples of "Traditional cheese". Differences between percentages of samples were not statistically significant.
Conclusion: traditional cheese highly contaminated and usually exceeded the Palestinian Standard. The detection of Salmonella spp. suggests that traditional soft cheese commercialized in Gaza may represent a health risk for the consumers.
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