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Asian-Australas J Anim Sci > Volume 8(6); 1995 > Article
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Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences 1995;8(6): 571-575.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.5713/ajas.1995.571    Published online December 1, 1995.
Study on aflatoxins in some foodstuffs with special reference to public health hazard in Egypt
A. H. El-Gohary
Abstract
A total of 455 food samples representing 22 different food types were collected from several localities at Alexandria province in Egypt. Aflatoxin B1 and aflatoxin M1 were detected in 5 out of 455(1.1%) of these food samples. From the same samples 206 fungal isolates were obtained. Thirty two of these isolates(15.5%) were found to be aflatoxin producers. Aspergillus flavus was thedominast isolate, while Aspergillus parasaticus was also isolated from a few other food samples. Among locally consumed foodstuffs. Peanut(7.5%) and Milk powder(6.6%) were found to be a suitable substrates for aflatoxin production. The hygienic and public health significance of the isolated aflatoxigenic strains were discussed.
Keywords: Aflatoxin; Aspergillus flavus; Aspergillus parasaticus; Foodstuffs
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