In order to evaluate the sanitary conditions of fresh chicken carcasses sold in public markets in the city of Feira de Santana, Bahia, a study was conducted in carcasses collected from six different establishments, during ten weeks, totaling up to 60 samples, to evaluate the occurrence of Salmonella in broilers. Results show a 28.3% occurrence of the pathogen and current investigation underscored the diagnosis of Salmonella Enteritidis and Salmonella Typhimurium in the samples. The serotype Enteritidis was isolated in establishments A, B and C and the serotype Typhimurium in establishments E and F. The results of this study indicate that many chicken products sold in Feira de Santana, Bahia, Brazil, are contaminated with different serotypes of Salmonella, especially Salmonella Typhimurium and Salmonella Enteritidis and should, therefore, be suitable for cooking and handling prevention of salmonellosis outbreaks.
Key words: food, microbiology, veterinary public health.
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