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Aflatoxin B1 Contamination in Chicken Livers and Gizzards from Industrial and Small Abattoirs, Measured by ELISA Technique in Maputo, Mozambique

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Biological Science Department, Science Faculty, Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo 257, Mozambique
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Paraclinic Department, Veterinary Faculty, Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo 257, Mozambique
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Animal Production Department, Veterinary Faculty, Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo 257, Mozambique
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(9), 951; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph14090951
Received: 30 May 2017 / Revised: 12 July 2017 / Accepted: 18 July 2017 / Published: 23 August 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Mycotoxins in the Agri-Food Chain)
Aflatoxins are the most toxic and carcinogenic mycotoxins produced by Aspergillus species. Aflatoxin B1 (AFB1) contamination in industrial and local chicken livers and gizzards in Maputo was investigated. One hundred boiler livers and 80 boiler gizzards were collected from industrial and local cutting poultry production sectors. The samples were analyzed by the ELISA method (MaxSignal®, Bioo Scientific Corporation). AFB1 was found in 39% of liver samples and 13.8% of gizzards, with mean levels of 1.73 µg/kg and 1.07 µg/kg, respectively. The frequency of contamination and AFB1 levels in samples from local sector producers was not significantly higher than those from industrial sector producers (p > 0.05). No correlation was found (p = 0.493; r2 = 0.013) between AFB1 levels in livers and hepatic weights. The AFB1 levels were lower than the allowed limits, suggesting that these products do not pose high risk to consumers. Notwithstanding, there is a need to implement aflatoxin residue monitoring and controls in all chicken meat products; this economic and efficient technique appears to be valuable for improved food safety in Mozambique. View Full-Text
Keywords: poultry production; broilers; giblets; aflatoxins; Maputo poultry production; broilers; giblets; aflatoxins; Maputo
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Sineque, A.R.; Macuamule, C.L.; Dos Anjos, F.R. Aflatoxin B1 Contamination in Chicken Livers and Gizzards from Industrial and Small Abattoirs, Measured by ELISA Technique in Maputo, Mozambique. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14, 951.

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