Title

Bacterial detection on surfaces of tables found in selected food stalls within De La Salle Medical and Health Sciences Institute

Date of Completion

7-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Grade 12

Keywords

Bacteria, tables, food stalls, Foodborne Diseases

Abstract

An uncleaned food table which may contain bacteria can be considered as one factor in food contamination. A clean cloth was used to resolve this certain problem, the presence of bacteria can be a source of foodborne illnesses. This cleaning cloth may either reduce the number of bacteria present on the table or increase the number of bacteria that may also be a source of bacterial contamination. Five (5) tables located in selected food stalls beside Animo Center in DLSMHSI were swabbed before and after wiping with a cleaning cloth. The process of serial dilution was used, and a standard plat count was performed. Upon the detection of bacteria before wiping the table, it was found out that 60% have no bacteria at all and 40% had 1-29 CFU. Meanwhile, after wiping the table, 80% resulted to no bacteria and 20% were too few to count. These results indicate that there was no significant number and no significant difference on the number of bacteria present before and after wiping with a cleaning cloth on the surface of tables located in selected food stalls beside Animo Center in DLSMHSI.

First Advisor

Pauline L. Cueno

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