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Article Title: Public Health Consequences of Pathogenic Bacterial Contamination of Ready to Eat Food/ Snacks from Some Selected Retail Outlets on Campus of Rivers State University, Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

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WASOT www.wasot2012.org 47 Toxicology Digest Azounwu, Obioma et al Toxicology Digest Vol. 2 (1): 47-60 (2018) Public Health Consequences of Pathogenic Bacterial Contamination of Ready to Eat Food/ Snacks from Some Selected Retail Outlets on Campus of Rivers State University, Port Harcourt, Nigeria. 1*Azounwu, Obioma; Nnenna Ihua1 and Ikoko Ijeoma Eberechukwu1 1Department of Medical Laboratory Science, Faculty of Sciences, Rivers State University, Nkpolu, Port Harcourt, Nigeria. * Correspondence author: Azuonwu, O Department of Medical Laboratory Science, Rivers State University, Port Harcourt, Nigeria, Email: bimajacobs@yahoo.co.uk. _____________________________________________________________________________ Abstract Campus lifestyle is seemingly always characterized with doing things at ease without stress thus; consumption of ready to eat food is a common life style among students on campus with much interest on convenience rather than its safety and quality. Food borne illness is a major challenge to the health of the public; it has significantly contributed to the cost of health related outcome globally. Annually, millions of illnesses across the world could literally be attributed to the consumption of contaminated foods. Ingestion of contaminated ready to eat foods has been documented to serve as a strong vehicle for transmission of numerous pathogens and food borne outbreak. An observational descriptive study was explored to evaluate the safety standard and bacteriological quality of two common ready to eat foods (meat pie and moi-moi) from four different selected retail snacks outlets on campus. This will further help to ascertain their public health implication among the unsuspected public. Samples were collected from the four selected retail points, examined using conventional microbiological methods for the isolation and identifications of the implicated pathogens. Graphpad calculator was used to analyse data for mean, standard deviation and