MICROBIAL QUALITY OF SOME LOCALLY CONSUMED HERBAL CONCOCTIONS IN ABEOKUTA METROPOLIS, NIGERIA

O O ODEDARA, E J MEMULETIWON

Abstract


Some herbal samples usually consumed in Abeokuta metropolis, Ogun State were collected for microbiological analysis. The total bacteria count in the samples tested ranged from 0.84 x 104 CFU/ml in herbal sample for fistula purchased at Sapon in Abeokuta South Local Government Authority (LGA) to 8.5 x 104CFU/ml in the product for skin rash (naarun) treatment purchased from Adatan in Odeda LGA. Some of the bacteria isolates include Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus, S. epidermidis and Proteus vulgaris. The fungi isolated and identified also include Penicillium notatum, Rhizopus stolonifer, Aspergillus niger and A. flavus. Antibiotics sensitivity tests performed on some of the bacteria isolates revealed the sensitivities of some of the isolates to such as Ciprofloxacin, Gentamycin etc. Health implications of these microorganisms in consumers were discussed.


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Herbs, quality, bacteria, fungi, Nigeria

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