78 samples of frozen vegetables (French bean, leek, cauliflower, Romanesco cauliflower, Brussels sprout, onion, white cabbage, kale, broccoli) produced in one cold plant in Lublin province in the years 2001 to 2004 were examined. The presence or count of pathogenic bacteria: Salmonella spp., Listeria monocytogenes, Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus cereus and Clostridium perfringens and faecal indicators as coliforms, faecal coliforms, Escherichia coli and enterococci were analysed. Salmonella spp. was not detected in any sample, L. monocytogenes rods were detected in 8 samples – single of Brussels sprout, kale, broccoli, leek, French bean and in 2 samples of cauliflower. Contamination by L. monocytogenes affected 10,3% of samples. B. cereus and S. aureus were detected in 12,8% and 6,4% of samples, respectively, but contamination was low and safe for consumer’s haelth. C. perfringens was found in 14,1% of samples. Faecal indicators were present in large number of examined vegetables: coliforms were detected in 93,6% of samples, faecal coliforms in 83,3%, E. coli in 69,2% and enterococci in 78.2% of frozen vegetables. The level of coliforms, faecal coliforms, E. coli and enterococci was between 0,34 and 3,04 log cfu·g-1, 0,32–2,27 log cfu·g-1, 0,2–2,06 log cfu·g-1 and 0,33–3,66 log cfu·g-1, respectively. The relationship between the kind of vegetables and level of faecal contamination was not detected. General sanitary health state of frozen vegetables raises reservations and obtained results show the need for better production quality.
microbiological quality, frozen vegetables, pathogens, faecal indicators