The rapidly increasing amounts of frozen foods of the so-called “heat and eat” variety and other available to the housewife have created possible potential public health hazards. Proper evaluation of such possibilities by health authorities involves the availability of accurate, complete bacteriological laboratory data. Presented in this survey, are the bacteriological results of 192 assorted frozen food samples purchased at the retail level in the Oklahoma City area, and tested during a 17 month period. The question is raised concerning the wisdom of using the coliform group bacteria as indicators of sanitation or contamination. The results tend to point up the need for health authorities to determine a course of action which would best enable them to apply bacteriological standards in order that the consumer may be assured wholesome, high quality products at all times.

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