Chemical composition and microbial loads of chicken table eggs from retail markets in urban settings of Eastern Ethiopia
For the determination of microbial load, chemical
quality, pH and cholesterol level, a total of 400 table
eggs were randomly collected from 10 retailers
situated at major urban settings in Eastern Ethiopia
and Haramaya University Poultry Farm, Ethiopia. The
data were analyzed using SAS. High moisture and
cholesterol levels and low pH and huge microbial
load were detected in the eggs. Exposure of eggs to
sunlight in the market and transportation of eggs
from farm to the retail market might influence in
lowering moisture and increasing pH. Huge
microbial contamination of eggs from retailers at
urban settings could be due to unhygienic handling
of the eggs, lack of standard storage and
transportation facilities. Storing of eggs in
refrigeration condition and protection of direct sun
light could be helpful in maintaining quality eggs.
Introduction of refrigeration systems and
construction of shades in markets are suggested to
maintain and improve quality of eggs sold in
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