Microbiological Quality Of Industrially Processed Orange Fruit Juices
Fruit juice is one of the most important food products in the world. Fruit juices contain a variety of microorganisms which are known to cause a wide range of diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, hepatitis C, and hepatocellular carcinoma. This study aims at identifying the possible mediums through which contamination of fruit juice can occur and attempts to proffer possible ways of preventing these contaminations. Three samples of Orange fruit juice were collected from three different brands, Caprison, five Alive Pulpy and Farm pride orange juices. The samples were subjected to gram-stained bacterial isolates. Two genera of bacteria were identified in this study, Citrobacter feundii and Escherichia coli as coliform. The isolates were mostly susceptible to antibiotics; Gentamycin, Sparfloxacin Ciprofloxicin, Streptomycin and Pefloxacen. The results of this study suggest that the issue of packaged juice contamination is of paramount importance especially in developing world where there are limited social amenities such as power and access to potable water. The government authorized institute (like NAFDAC) should take intensive investigation to control the microbial and chemical quality of the juices as well as the public awareness about the adulterated fruit juices should be increased. There is need to educate and advocate for good manufacturing practices among fruit juice manufacturers in Nigeria.
Fruit juices are very nutritive, invigorating and non-alcoholic beverage, which is very well liked throughout the world. Juice may be squeezed directly from fruits or may be extracted by water. These juices can be used in their natural concentrations or in processed form. They are very scrumptious and palatable and they have most of the minerals necessary for growth and development, like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and sodium and vitamins especially vitamin C (Food and Drug Administration (FDA), 1999). However, these processed juices contain mainly water, sugar, preservatives, colour, fruits pulps and other additives as ingredients and must maintain sanitary standard (Doyle et al., 2001). The most commonly used preservatives are benzoic acid, sorbic acid, or sulphur dioxide (Nahar et al., 2006). Natural colours such as anthocynins and betanin are used (Wareing and Dvenport, 2005). Acid is an essential universal constitution of fruit drinks (Renard, 2008). The most commonly used acid is citric acid.
Fruit juices contain a microflora which is normally present on the surface of fruits during harvest and postharvest processing which include transport, storage, and processing (Tournas et al., 2006). Many microorganisms such as acid tolerant bacteria and fungi (moulds, yeasts) use them as a substrate for their growth. Yeasts form the main flora of fruits before processing because of acidic pH. The major genera include Candida, Dekkera, Hanseniaspora, Pichia, Saccharomyces, and Zygosaccharomyces. Penicillium, Byssochlamys, Aspergillus, Paecilomyces, Mucor, Cladosporium, Fusarium, Botrytis, Talaromyces, and Neosartorya are filamentous fungi most frequently isolated from fresh fruits and juices. Among bacteria, lactic acid bacteria and acetic acid bacteria have been isolated from fruit juices (International Commission on Microbiological Specification for Food (ICMSF), 2005).
Most fruit juices contain sufficient nutrients that could support microbial growth. Several factors encourage, prevent, or limit the growth of microorganisms in juices; the most important are pH, hygienic practice and storage temperature and concentration of preservative (Lawlor et al., 2009). Storage of products at refrigerator temperature or bellow is not always best for the maintenance of desirable quality of some fruits (Matchis, 2008). Water used for juice preparation can be a major source of microbial contaminants such as total coliforms, faecal coliforms, faecal streptococci and so on (Gill et al., 1996). Environmental fomites may also make the fruits unsafe and these may have a role in spreading of Salmonella, Shigella, Vibrio, Escherichia coli, and other diseases, as well as causing fruits spoilage (Doyle et al., 2001). Spoilage yeasts, such as Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Candida lipolytica and Zygosaccharomyces spp. can tolerate acidic environments (ICMSF, 2005). It should also be noted that changes in pH could transform a food into one which can support growth of pathogens (ICMSF, 2005). The critical factors affecting the spoilage of juices include juice pH, oxidation reduction potential, water activity, availability of nutrients, presence of antimicrobial compounds, and competing microflora. Among these factors, pH and water activity are the most influential factors affecting the spoilage of juices. The spoilage caused by microorganisms in juices includes cloud loss, development of off-flavours, CO2 production, and changes in colour, texture, and appearance resulting in degradation of product (Lawlor et al., 2009; Sospedra et al., 2012). The most commonly reported bacterial genera include Acetobacter, Alicyclobacillus, Bacillus, Gluconobacter, Lactobacillus, Leuconostoc, Zymomonas, and Zymobacter. Among yeasts Pichia, Candida, Saccharomyces, and Rhodotorula are commonly encountered genera responsible for spoilage of juices (Bevilacqua et al., 2011). Certain common moulds such as Penicillium sp., Aspergillus sp., Eurotium, Alternaria, Cladosporium, Paecilomyces, and Botrytis have also been reported in spoilage of fruit juices (ICMSF, 2005; Lawlor et al, 2009).
The quality of fruit drinks are strictly maintained, in developed countries like The United States, under some law and regulation but in many developing countries, like Nigeria and under developed countries, Libya for example, the manufacturer is not concerned about the microbiological safety and hygiene of the fruit Juice because of negligence of law. Thus the transmission of some human diseases through juice and other drinks are considered a serious problem in recent years (Geldreich and Bordner, 2000). The market for these products continues to show a remarkable potential for growth. The variety of products and packaging types continues to expand. In recent years these juices have been included significantly in diet of every person irrespective to age or social status. So maintaining the quality of processed fruit juices is an important issue now.
1.1 Aim and Objective:
- In order to develop awareness among the people about fruit juices in transmitting diseases this study was attempted to measure microbiological quality of industrially processed Orange fruit juices.
- This study aims at identifying the possible mediums through which contamination of fruit juice can occur and attempts to proffer possible ways of preventing these contaminations
5.0 Discussion, Conclusion and Recommendation
Fruit juices are very popular among the people of all ages around the world. Many microorganisms are found in fruit juice and soft drinks as environmental or raw material contaminations either during their growing in fields, orchards, vineyards or greenhouse or during harvesting, post-harvest handling and distribution. But relatively few can grow within the acidic and low oxygen environment. According to WHO (2003), a food is deemed to be adulterated if its content is composed in whole or in part of any poisonous or deleterious substance, which renders its contents injurious to health. Most fruit contains bacterial counts of 1x105cfu/cm2 on their surface. Improper handling of fruits adds these bacteria to juices leading to contamination (Durgesh et al., 2008).
Two genera of bacteria were identified in this study, Citrobacter feundii and Escherichia coli as coliform. Coliforms are indication of unsanitary conditions, unhygienic practices during or after production and poor quality of source of water used (Durgesh et al., 2008). If the source water used is of poor quality, harmful microorganisms may persist in ice since the process of freezing cannot destroy them (Durgesh et al., 2008). When ice is thawed the surviving microorganisms, though they may be injured, tend to recover their viability so that when the ice melts into the juices, they may be able to survive these too (FEHD, 2005; Durgesh et al., 2008). Citrobacter feundii is an opportunistic bacterium. The Citrobacter genus was discovered in 1932 by Werkman and Gillen. Cultures of C. freundii were isolated and identified in the same year from soil extracts (Wang, 2000). It’s presence in the samples is most likely from contaminated water or the poor handling of fruit. Citrobacter freundii are commonly found in the environment, mainly in soil, water, and sewages. They are an indicator of potential contamination of water (Wang, 2000). Of a truth these brands of juice can be said to have practiced good hygiene as the bacterial counts where relatively low (Farm pride Orange Juice (2x105cfu/ml), Caprison (1.5x105cfu/ml) and Five Alive Pulpy (1x105cfu/ml)). From the experiments, Farm Pride orange juice has the most bacterial count which implies that they have lower standards in hygiene compared to the Five Alive Pulpy orange juice and Caprison. Judging from the study, only persons with compromised immunity and, maybe, children can suffer health challenges from taking these fruit drinks. The strains of E. coli found are not as pathogenic as some others, they are mostly opportunists.
The bacteria isolated were mostly susceptible to antibiotics; Gentamycin, Sparfloxacin Ciprofloxacin, Streptomycin and Pefloxacin.
From this investigation, it was observed that the issue of packaged juice contamination is of paramount importance particularly in developing world where there are limited social amenities such as power and access to potable water.
These contaminations are entirely preventable by practicing good sanitation and fruit handling techniques (Betty and Richard, 1994).Thus to safeguard against the risk of diseases of moderate severity, there is need to educate and advocate for good manufacturing practices among manufacturers. Also relevant agencies in Nigeria such as, NAFDAC need to ensure and enforce strict compliance to Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) in all fruit juice production sectors in Nigeria.
The juices that are mishandled and mistreated during preparation or storage generally can get contaminated and cause disease. The disease agents do not only harm large groups of people but also sometimes result in serious disability and death. The lack of knowledge in cleaning, safe fruit juice preparation and contamination sources can contribute to the contamination process unknowingly to the people working in fruit juice industries. It is therefore, essential for the people who handle and prepare juices, to be properly trained in safe fruit handling technique. The microbiological quality of processed fruit juices is the most important aspect to be taken care of by the manufacturer. Negligence in this area may result in serious contamination that ultimately represents a low quality product to the consumers. As these unwanted unhygienic conditions are usually due to the lack of knowledge and unawareness to the fundamental sanitary principles, it is preventable by proper training and monitoring. The government authorized institute (like NAFDAC) should take intensive investigation to control the microbial and chemical quality of the juices as well as the public awareness about the adulterated fruit juices should be increased.
There is need to educate and advocate for good manufacturing practices among fruit juice manufacturers in Nigeria. Also relevant agencies such as NAFDAC need to ensure and enforce strict compliance to Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) in all food and drink production sectors in Nigeria. Food and drinks safety concerns in this Country typically include inappropriate use of agricultural chemicals, the use of untreated or partially treated wastewater, the use of sewage or animal manure on crops, the absence of inspection, a lack of infrastructure, such as adequate refrigeration, poor hygiene, including a lack of clean water supplies, proper handling, and storage practices in the industries and in homes can prevent the majority of contaminations as well. Additionally, extensive quality control procedures should be maintained to ensure that these processes are effective.
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