Evaluation of quality of beef produced and sold in parts of Tigray Region of Ethiopia
Tropical Animal Health and Production
Department of Population and Preventive Medicine, Mekelle University, Mekelle, Ethiopia; Veterinary Public Health, Mekelle University, Mekelle, Ethiopia; Department of Veterinary Public Health, College of Veterinary Sciences, CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar-125004, Haryana, India; Head of Department, VPBI, Faculty of Veterinary Sciences, Mekelle University, Mekelle, Ethiopia; Director Research, Mekelle University, Mekelle, Ethiopia
Microbiological and physical quality of 83 samples of beef produced and marketed in some parts of Tigray region of Ethiopia were evaluated. The color, marbling, pH, bleeding status and aerobic plate count (APC) were within permissible limits in 35(42.16%), 47(56.63%), 51 (61.44%), 13(15.66%) and 20(24.09%) samples, respectively. Based on these parameters, a high percentage of samples (varying from 38.56%-84.34%) were of unsatisfactory quality. Such a widespread imperfect bleeding (84.34%) and high APC (75.91%) emphasize the need to improve the techniques of bleeding and hygienic conditions at the time of production of meat at abattoir and its marketing. © 2009 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
animal; article; bacterial count; cattle; Ethiopia; food control; meat; microbiology; slaughterhouse; standard; Abattoirs; Animals; Cattle; Colony Count, Microbial; Ethiopia; Food Microbiology; Meat