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Table 1 Mean (range) total coliform and fecal coliform load (MPN/g) of sample from various markets

From: Bacterial and parasitic contaminants of salad vegetables sold in markets in Fako Division, Cameroon and evaluation of hygiene and handling practices of vendors

Vegetable type Tiko Buea Limbe Mean counts
Total coliforms
 Green cabbage 1536 (240 to > 2400) 430.2 (93 to 1100) 1032.9 (93 to > 2400) 999.7 ± 1046.15
 Red cabbage 618 (210 to > 2400) 199.5 (75 to 210) 1023.9 (63 to > 2400) 613.8 ± 914.84
 Lettuce 618 (150 to > 2400) 1448.4 (21 to > 2400) 1448.4 (21 to > 2400) 1171.6 ± 117.16
 Cucumber 154.2 (21 to 210) 152 (20 to 240) 790.0 (93 to > 2400) 365.7 ± 616.24
 Carrot 1029.3 (21 to > 2400) 94.8 (21 to 210) 1041.9 (63 to > 2400) 722 ± 1081.44
 Green pepper 102.9 (28 to 210) 103 (4 to 150) 306.3 (20 to 1100) 170.73 ± 264.34
Fecal coliforms
 Green cabbage 87.9 (4 to 210) 27.7 (20 to 39) 47.3 (7 to 93) 54.17 ± 66.55
 Red cabbage 69.3 (9 to 210) 24.3 (9 to 39) 22.2 (11 to 28) 38.6 ± 58.86
 Lettuce 115.5 (9 to 240) 291.1 (9 to 1100) 88.5 (21 to 240) 165.03 ± 270.95
 Cucumber 59.7 (> 3 to 150) 67.3 (4 to 210) 273.5 (11 to 1100) 133.5 ± 272.79
 Carrot 110.1 (9 to 210) 82.5 (15 to 240) 554.1 (4 to 1100) 248.9 ± 397.72
 Green pepper 17.3 (9 to 28) 73.9 (11 to 210) 50.6 (4 to 39) 47.27 ± 62.86
  1. MPN most probable number