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Evaluation of quality of beef produced and sold in parts of Tigray Region of Ethiopia

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Microbiological and physical quality of 83 samples of beef produced and marketed in some parts of Tigray region of Ethiopia were evaluated. The color, marbling, pH, bleeding status and aerobic plate count (APC) were within permissible limits in 35(42.16%), 47(56.63%), 51 (61.44%), 13(15.66%) and 20(24.09%) samples, respectively. Based on these parameters, a high percentage of samples (varying from 38.56%–84.34%) were of unsatisfactory quality. Such a widespread imperfect bleeding (84.34%) and high APC (75.91%) emphasize the need to improve the techniques of bleeding and hygienic conditions at the time of production of meat at abattoir and its marketing.

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The authors acknowledge Mekelle University NORAD II Project Coordinator for extending the financial support to undertake the research work. The authors also extend their thanks to Faculty of Veterinary Sciences, Mekelle University, Ethiopia for providing necessary facilities for the research work.

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Kumar, A., Kebede, E. & Kassaye, E. Evaluation of quality of beef produced and sold in parts of Tigray Region of Ethiopia. Trop Anim Health Prod 42, 445–449 (2010).

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