Any applicable measure to minimize or eliminate potential health hazards of aflatoxin food
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level of aflatoxins, proximate compositions and total viable counts of microbial infestation of
the food stuff analyzed. Moisture contents range from 4.03±0.01-12.11±0.22% accounted for
melon and smoked dried fish. Groundnut with moisture content of 6.02±0.05% had the highest
aflatoxin contamination of 96.31±12.08μgkg-1 attributed to unsorted sample followed by
cowpea with the least mean score of 0.078±0.02 μgkg-1 total aflatoxin contaminations. There
was between 9.0-79% reduction in AF total contamination after samples were sorted; and a
further 24-94% reduction in AF total contamination after samples were sorted, washed and dried.
Bacterial counts were between 4.05 x105 -2.99x106 cfu/ml in terms of range through all
samples. Aside other fungal species isolated in some samples, Aspergillus niger and
Aspergillus flavus were common to all samples analyzed. It is therefore, pertinent to say that
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