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Prevalence of Candida albicans in Raw Chicken and Mutton Meat Samples Sold in the Open Markets of Kolkata City of West Bengal

Keshab Prasad Sharma Utpal Kumar Chattopadhyay Koyeli Naskar
Vol 7(5), 243-249

Study was conducted to determine the prevalence of Candida albicans in raw chicken and mutton meat samples sold in open meat markets of Kolkata city of West Bengal. A total of 200 meat samples, chicken 100 and mutton 100 were collected randomly from 5 different zones of Kolkata- Central, East, West, North and South. In the current study, prevalence of Candida albicans was 80%. Out of 200 samples examined, Candida albicans was isolated from 160 samples, of which 83 chicken samples and 77 mutton samples were found positive for Candida albicans infection. The result of the study indicates that load of Candida albicans in meat samples of Kolkata city is on higher side due to improper and faulty storage of raw meat, and consumption of under-processed/undercooked meat possess a possible health risk for consumers.

Keywords : Candida albicans Kolkata Meat Open Market

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