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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Coliforms In The Water Supply Of Fast-food Chains In The Metropolitan Region Of Recife, In The State Of Pernambuco (brazil) [coliformes Em água De Abastecimento De Lojas Fast-food Da Região Metropolitana De Recife (pe, Brasil)]
Author: Porto M.A.L.
Oliveira A.M.
Fai A.E.C.
Stamford T.L.M.
Abstract: A guaranteed supply of clean drinking water in food outlets is a relevant subject for public health. The scope of this study was to assess the microbiological quality of 96 water samples of a network of fast-food stores in the city of Recife (state of Pernambuco, Brazil) and Metropolitan Area and to compare the results to the standards established by Brazilian Health Ministry decree no 518/2004. Every month, a double sample from one of the faucets in the food preparation area of the eight stores investigated was analyzed, totaling 96 samples over one year. The analyses followed the established methodology of American Public Health Association (APHA), in order to conduct the Presence-Absence Test, considering the potability standard in pertinent legislation. Results revealed that 11.46% and 1.04% of samples contained water contaminated with total coliforms and thermotolerant coliforms, respectively. The quality of the water in the food establishments studied is thus a health hazard since a significant percentage of samples analyzed were inappropriate for human consumption in accordance with current legislation, which stipulates the absence of total coliforms and thermotolerant coliforms.
Rights: aberto
Identifier DOI: 10.1590/S1413-81232011000500035
Date Issue: 2011
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