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Name: Christine W.
Status: Student
Age: 20s
Location: N/A
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Date: March 2004

My daughter is doing a science project on bacteria found on cooked fast-food hamburgers. We purchased Easygel Pretreated Petri Dishes and Nutrient kits from the teacher supply store and are planning to do cultures. We are not doing a specific test or singling out any particular bacteria. My question is this: Where should we look to find useful information on the types of bacteria that are found in meat, and what the safe amount would be?

There will be bacteria on them and measuring how many is too difficult. Certain bacteria such as coliforms should not be present.


Go to the FDA website (probably or the CDC website ( or search under "hamburgers and foodborne illness" at You will find plenty of information.


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