Bacterial contamination of sago starch in Papua New Guinea

Greenhill, A. R., Shipton, W. A., Omoloso, A. D., Amoa, B. and Warner, J. M. (2007) Bacterial contamination of sago starch in Papua New Guinea. Journal of Food Protection, 70 12: 2868-2872.

Author Greenhill, A. R.
Shipton, W. A.
Omoloso, A. D.
Amoa, B.
Warner, J. M.
Title Bacterial contamination of sago starch in Papua New Guinea
Journal name Journal of Food Protection   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0362-028X
Publication date 2007-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 70
Issue 12
Start page 2868
End page 2872
Total pages 5
Place of publication Des Moines, IA, United States
Publisher International Association for Food Protection
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Sago starch is an important food in lowland Papua New Guinea. Extraction of the starch from the palm and storage were performed by way of traditional methods that have been used for thousands of years. Currently, very little is known about the microbiology of sago starch. Sago samples were collected from areas of high starch utilization and analyzed for the presence of bacterial pathogens and indicator organisms. Storage methods and duration were recorded at the time of collection, and pH and water activity on arrival at the laboratory. Sago starch was found to harbor high levels of fecal contamination, as well as various food pathogens including Salmonella, Bacillus cereus, and coagulase-positive staphylococci. Clostridium perfringens was only present infrequently in samples and in very low numbers, while Listeria monocytogenes was not isolated from sago starch. The presence of high levels of fecal contamination in sago starch is of particular concern, and may contribute to diarrheal disease in rural Papua New Guinea.
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