Asian-Australasian Journal of Food Safety and Security <p><a href="">Asian-Australasian Journal of Food Safety and Security</a> is an open access, peer-reviewed, international journal. This journal publishes high-quality original scientific papers and short communications. Review articles of current interest and high standard may be considered.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">AAJFSS is now accepting online submissions through <a href="">BanglaJOL’s online journal management system</a>. Authors should register by clicking on the “Register” link at the top of the page. Click the options for the roles of Author and Reviewer (if you are willing to be a reviewer in the journal). If you have already registered, log in using your username and password. To submit a paper, click the “New Submission” button to start the online procedure.</p> <p><strong>Abstracting &amp; Indexing: </strong>BanglaJOL; CAB Abstracts (CABI); Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS); Crossref; Global Health (CABI); Google Scholar</p> Ebu Press Ltd en-US Asian-Australasian Journal of Food Safety and Security 2523-1073 Ensuring safe drinking water: microbial evaluation of restaurants in Patuakhali district, Bangladesh <p>Drinking water (DW) from restaurants is a major source of microbial exposure among consumers that causes diseases. The evaluation of the microbiological quality of the drinking water in restaurants provides the foundation for appropriate action to minimize contamination and protect patrons from food-borne illnesses. The aim of this study was to determine the microbial quality of restaurant’s drinking water. A total of 20 water samples were collected in sterile test tube from the restaurants in Dumki and Patuakhali Sadar Upazilla of Patuakhali district. Total viable count on Nutrient agar and total coliform count on MacConkey agar were done by standard plate count (SPC) technique and bacterial identification by different biochemical tests. The present study found all the water samples (100%) were contaminated with bacteria in the ranges of 4.50 × 10<sup>4</sup> to 7.00 x 10<sup>5</sup><sub>,</sub> and 95% of the samples were contaminated with <em>E. coli, </em>and the range was 0 to 2.8 × 10<sup>2</sup>. A total of 26 distinct bacterial colony were isolated from various samples and morphologically characterized. Based on biochemical characteristics, we identified a total of 10 bacterial species. Among them, 6 (23.10%) were both for <em>Enterobacter aerogenes</em> and <em>Staphylococcus epidermidis</em> followed by <em>Escherichia coli</em> (<em>E. coli</em>) 5 (19.23%), <em>Pseudomonas</em> spp. 3(11.54%), and rest of the <em>Vibrio cholera, Klebsiella oxytoca, S. auerous</em>,<em> Bacillus </em>spp.,<em> Aeromonas salmonicida </em>and<em> Salmonella</em> spp. were 1 (3.85%) for each. A diverse range of fecal coliform, enteropathogenic and pathogenic bacteria present in samples indicates the unsanitary handling and storage practices in restaurants; this could make customers more susceptible to illnesses and ailments linked to water.</p> <p>Asian Australas. J. Food Saf. Secur. 2024, 8(1), 5-12</p> Md Abu Tareq Prosenjit Mondol Md Shajadul Islam Md Touheduzzaman Rifat Santo Shamol Das Md Shafiqul Islam Khan Copyright (c) 2024 Md Abu Tareq, Prosenjit Mondol, Md Shajadul Islam, Md Touheduzzaman Rifat, Santo Shamol Das, Md Shafiqul Islam Khan 2024-04-05 2024-04-05 8 1 5 12 10.3329/aajfss.v8i1.71101 Nourishing minds and bodies: the imperative of food safety and security <p>Abstract not available</p> <p>Asian Australas. J. Food Saf. Secur. 2024, 8(1), 1-4</p> SM Lutful Kabir Copyright (c) 2024 SM Lutful Kabir 2024-04-05 2024-04-05 8 1 1 4 10.3329/aajfss.v8i1.71842