Evaluation of microbial contamination of domestic and imported poultry meat in Benghazi city markets, Libya.


  • Bakkar Ali Haj-Saeed Saeed Department of Animal production, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Benghazi. Libya
  • Adel M. Milad Ishlak Department of Animal production, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Benghazi. Libya
  • Abdalla M. Abdalla Mansour Department of food industry, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Benghazi. Libya




Meat bacteriology, Chicken meat, Salmonella, Pathogenic bacteria, Benghazi


The study aimed to evaluate the bacterial quality of marketed poultry meat in five areas in Benghazi during the summer season by estimating the number of some evidence of contamination, including the total number of bacteria, coliform bacteria, Staphylococcus aureus and identification of Salmonella. The results showed that the total number of bacteria in all the studied areas on domestic chicken meat was between 3.84 and 7.22, with an average of 6.02 log10CFU/g, and in imported poultry between 4.49 and 6.73 and an average of 5.94 log10CFU/g. Coliform bacteria was in local chicken meat between 3.5 and 6.80 averaged 5.53 log10CFU/g, and in imported poultry between 3.0 and 6.80 and averaged 5.5 log10CFU/g. Staphylococcus aureus in the five sectors between 4.5 and 7.3 in domestic poultry meat, and in imported poultry meat was between 6.03 and 6.50. Biochemical tests for 22 bacterial isolates found E. coli 40.9%, Citrobacter spp. 18.2%, Klebsiella spp. 13.6%, Salmonella spp 9.1% and Pseudomonas spp 18.2%. The results of this study indicate that there was a high percentage of contamination in chicken carcasses, especially local chicken carcasses, with pathogenic bacteria which reflect the low health quality of this meat due to the lack of good sanitary procedures during the preparation of chicken carcasses, storage, and display of carcasses when selling.


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Saeed ب. ع. ح. ., Ishlak ع. م. م. ., & Mansour ع. ا. م. ع. ا. . (2019). Evaluation of microbial contamination of domestic and imported poultry meat in Benghazi city markets, Libya. Al-Mukhtar Journal of Sciences, 34(3), 206–217. https://doi.org/10.54172/mjsc.v34i3.289



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