Date of Completion

6-2019

Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Grade 12

Keywords

ready-to-eat, Fast Foods, convenience stores, common bacteria, rice meals, bacterial colonies

Abstract

Ready-To-Eat Foods, otherwise known as pre-prepared meals, have been gaining popularity over the years and have risen in demand. Along with its increasing demand is the prevalence of food-borne diseases here in the Philippines. This lead the researchers to conduct a study aimed at detecting the possibility of the occurrence of common bacteria in Ready-To-Eat foods, specifically those sold in convenience stores in Dasmariñas City, Cavite. Six different Ready-To-Eat rice meals were collected from three different convenience stores. 10mL of each meal was then homogenized and after which proceeded to be serially diluted into six test tubes per sample, where each of the samples came in duplicates. After undergoing serial dilution, the samples which have been smeared in agar plates in duplicates, were then analyzed for possible formation of bacteria colonies, counted by Colony Forming Units. Under each of the samples lies the viable 4th, 5th, and 6th dilution in the series, which were used in statistical analysis. One sample produced more than the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) suggested colony forming units, while other samples produced either numerical values too low to be counted, or reaching zero or no colony forming units at all. The duplicate form was used in order to compare to the FDA’s suggested colony forming units to six is to six. These findings suggest that certain factors, such as food preparation, transportation, and storage to name a few, may have played a part in the formation and growth of bacteria in Ready-To-Eat foods.

First Advisor

James P. Rapanut

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