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Abstract

The bacterial quality of honey from different production sites within Tamale metropolis, Ghana, was estimated using standard microbiological methods. Honey samples were bought from six different production sites within Tamale metropolis and labeled. Samples that were taken from location B recorded the least mean bacterial count of 6.0 × 104 colony forming units/mL with samples taken from location D showing the highest, 1.1 × 105 colony forming units/mL. However, samples from production sites E and F recorded no bacteria growth. Bacteria isolated included Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus spp., Shigella spp., Streptococcus spp., and Bacillus spp. The pH values of honey samples from the various locations were found to be directly correlated to the average bacteria load. The variation in bacteria load and species at the various production sites and the absence of bacteria growth in two production sites is an indication of the differences in production practices, as well as hygienic conditions at these sites. The presence of these isolates is a cause for concern as pathogenic strains of these bacteria can cause serious health related problems. © 2016

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10.1016/j.jfda.2016.07.005

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