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International Journal of Research and Scientific Innovation (IJRSI) | Volume IX, Issue VIII, August 2022 | ISSN 2321–2705

Determination of Deoxynivalenol and Total Aflatoxin Levels in Commonly Traded Grains in The Commercial City of Katsina-Ala North-Central Nigeria

Adie, P. A. 1,3*, Yande, J. T1,3, and Malu, S. P2,3
1Analytical and Environmental Chemistry Research Group, Department of Chemistry, Benue State University, P. M. B. 102119, Makurdi, 970101, Nigeria.
2Department of Chemical Sciences, Federal University Wukari, Taraba State, Nigeria.
3Centre for Food Technology and Research (CEFTER), Benue State University, P. M. B. 102119, Makurdi, 970101, Nigeria.
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Abstract: This study determined the total aflatoxin and deoxynivalenol levels in grains traded in the commercial city of Katsina-Ala, North-Central Nigeria, from 300 samples obtained from 30 composites, of 10 different locations, using the direct competitive Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA). Moisture content, total aerobic microbial count, mould count, coliform and Escherichia coli were determined using standard analytical methods. Mycotoxins were detected in all samples across the study locations; total aflatoxin ranged from 2.30 to 8.4 ppb, which were within the maximum limits for aflatoxins, deoxynivalenol (DON) concentration ranged from 2,900.00 to 8,400.00 ppb that was above the maximum limits. Moisture was high in all samples with content ranging from 9.0279 to 12.3851 %, microbial contamination was observed on the grains. It was also observed that, these grains were more predisposed to DON than aflatoxin, thus vulnerability of the grains to DON was in the order: sorghum > maize > millet, whereas total aflatoxin level was in the order: sorghum > millet > maize respectively. Pearson’s 2-tailed correlation at 0.05 level of significance revealed strong correlation of deoxynivalenol with moisture content across locations, while ANOVA at 5 % level of significance established the presence of mycotoxins and their precursors across the locations. This fundamentally, showed microbial tainting of these cereals in the study location indicating that farmers and marketers handle these grains in an unhygienic manner.

Keywords: Total aflatoxins, deoxynivalenol, maize, sorghum, and millets.


Grains such as millet, sorghum and maize and processed food substances made from composite flours of these grains such as bread, cakes, doughnuts, popcorn, biscuits, kunu, burukutu (local brew) etc., highly consumed as fast foods in public places are often exposed to moisture and attack by pathogenic organisms such as moulds, fungi, bacteria and certain protozoa (CAST, 2003). Moulds produce secondary metabolites known as mycotoxins that have attracted much concern lately, because of their pathogenic roles (CAST, 2003; IFPRI. 2013).