Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
Print version ISSN 0037-8682
PAULA, Patrícia et al. Microbiological and parasitological contamination of lettuce (Lactuca sativa) from self service restaurants of Niterói city, RJ. Rev. Soc. Bras. Med. Trop. [online]. 2003, vol.36, n.4, pp. 535-537. ISSN 0037-8682. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0037-86822003000400019.
Thirty samples of lettuces from self service restaurants of Niterói were analyzed to detect bacteriological and parasitological contamination. Sixteen samples presented fecal coliform, 16 mesophilic aerobic microorganisms greater than 107 UFC/g and 3 cysts of Entamoeba coli. These data suggest the need of better orientation for food handlers regarding the hygiene of processed vegetables.
Keywords : Lettuces; Bacteriological contamination; Intestinal parasite; Foods.