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Characterization of Enterobacter cloacae isolated from street foods


Yuli, Haryani and Robin, Tunung and Chai, Lay Ching and Lee, Hai Yen and Tang, Sui Yan and Radu, Son (2008) Characterization of Enterobacter cloacae isolated from street foods. ASEAN Food Journal, 15 (1). pp. 57-64. ISSN 0127-7324; ESSN: 1505-5337


A total of 78 samples comprising different types of street foods, sold in different locations in Malaysia, were examined for the presence of Enterobacter cloacae. E. cloacae contamination was recorded in 9% of the samples examined. Tests for susceptibility to 12 different antibiotics showed that all were resistant to six or more antibiotics, but susceptible to chloramphenicol and gentamicin. Plasmids of four different sizes were detected from the three plasmid positive isolates. RAPD analysis using four primers yielded completely different banding patterns for all E. cloacae studied. In Malaysia, no published information on street foods in the epidemiological investigation of E. cloacae related disease is available. However, their occurrences have provided compelling evidence that the risk of disease transmission caused by E. cloacae through street foods is moderate.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Food Science and Technology
Publisher: Universiti Putra Malaysia Press
Notes: Continued by: International Food Research Journal
Keywords: Street foods; E. cloacae; Plasmid; Antibiotic resistance; RAPD; PCR
Depositing User: Yusfauhannum Mohd Yunus
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2008 12:38
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 01:38
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/769
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