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MORAIS FALAVIGNA, LUCIA et al. QUALITY OF GREEN VEGETABLES MARKETED IN THE NORTHWEST OF PARANÁ, BRAZIL. Parasitol. latinoam. [online]. 2005, vol.60, n.3-4, pp. 144-149. ISSN 0717-7712. doi: 10.4067/S0717-77122005000200007.
This work had the objective of performing a parasitological evaluation of fresh vegetables colleted from production places and free markets of Maringá, Paraná. From July/2002 to July/2004, 66 samples were collected in 13 smallholdings and 181 samples in 17 free markets. Heads of lettuce (varieties flat, curly and American), watercress and rocket salad, picked up randomly and in triplicate, were submitted to Oliveira & Germano's and Kynioun staining techniques and to the research of total and thermotolerant coliforms. The total index of parasitism of the vegetables of free markets (63%) and smallholdings (71.1%) didn't differ statistically. The fresh vegetables from smallholdings have shown more protozoa than (10/47) that from the free markets (19/114). Rhabditoidea larvae and Ancylostomatoidea eggs were equally distributed in the fresh vegetables of both places. Parasitic forms of other species were also found. All the curly lettuce samples collected in the smallholdings presented total and thermotolerant bacteria index incompatible with the human consumption. The difficult in doing laboratorial diagnose at the genre and specie level of the human parasites in fresh vegetables and the sanitary surveillance challenges in the obtaining of good quality products were discussed
Palabras clave : fresh vegetables quality; protozoa; helminthes; producers; free markets.