5.Bautista-De León, H., Gómez Aldapa, C.A., Rangel-Vargas, E., Vázquez-Barrios, E. and Castro-Rosas, J. 2013. Frequency of indicator bacteria, Salmonella and diarrhoeagenic Escherichia coli pathotypes on ready-to-eat cooked vegetable salads from Mexican restaurants. Letters in Applied Microbiology. 56: 414?420.
The presence of coliform bacteria, faecal coliforms, Escherichia coli, diarrhoeagenic E. coli pathotypes (DEP) and Salmonella were determined in ready-to-eat cooked vegetable salads (RECS) from restaurants in Pachuca city, Mexico. The RECS were purchased from three types of restaurants: national chain restaurants (A), local restaurants (B) and small restaurants (C). Two restaurants for each A and B, and three for C, were included. Forty RECS samples were purchased at each A and B restaurant and 20 at each C restaurant. Of the overall total of 220 analysed samples, 100, 982, 723, 41 and 41% had coliform bacteria, faecal coliforms, E. coli, DEP and Salmonella, respectively. Identified DEP included enteropathogenic E. coli (EPEC), enterotoxigenic E. coli (ETEC) and Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC). The EPEC, ETEC and STEC were isolated each from 14% of samples. No E. coli O157:H7 were detected in any STEC-positive samples. The analysis of Kruskal?Wallis anova and median test of microbiological data showed that the microbiological quality of RECS did not differ between the different restaurants (P > 005).