Salwa A. Aly and Heidy Abo-Al-Yazeed1
Department of Food Hygiene, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Cairo University, EGYPT
1Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Cairo University, EGYPT
Fifty raw camel milk samples were randomly collected under sterile condition from different camel herds at El-Zaranik and El-Arish cities, North Sinai Governorate, Egypt. Fifteen of the examined samples were positive for Aerobic spore former count, 7 samples were positive for total coliform count and 11 were positive for total enterococcal count. Pseudomonas, Aeromonas, coagulase positive Staphylococcus aureus were counted. Salmonella, Listeria and Yersinia species could not be isolated in all examined samples. Many fungal species were isolated from the examined milk samples including Aspergillus, Penicillium, Alternaria, Acremonium and Chrysosporium species. The lipolytic activity of the isolated mold was examined. Among ninty fungal strains tested, seventy isolates were positive with varying degree. The economical and public health importance of the isolated microorganism as well as control measures for improving the milk quality was discussed.
Keywords : Camel, Egypt, microbiological tests, milk