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Analysis of aflatoxins in the cereals from hepatic affected areas in Faisalabad, Pakistan  [2008]

Qamar, M.A. (University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (Pakistan). Dept. of Chemistry) Nawaz, R. (University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (Pakistan). Dept. of Chemistry) Asi, M.R. (Nuclear Inst. for Agriculture and Biology, Faisalabad (Pakistan)) Khalil-ur-Rehman et al.

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The worldwide increasing prevalence of liver diseases in humans over the last two decades is a strong indication that environmental factors are of great significance in the development of these diseases. Exposure to toxic metabolites such as aflatoxins may be one of the causes. An area-based study was carried out to determine the effect of aflatoxins for the prevalence of liver diseases. Two areas in Faisalabad division were selected showing most and least prevalence of liver diseases. Samples of wheat, rice and corn taken from effected and control area of Faisalabad Division were analyzed by HPLC using ODS column in isocratic mode at 365 nm wavelength. Food contamination analysis showed that a significant proportion of them are contaminated to a degree for above the Codex Alimentarius. Maize samples were found to be highly contaminated with Aflatoxin B 1 (AFB1). The results indicated that aflatoxins might have played a role for liver damage of inhabitants of the area showing prevalence of the diseases.

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International Journal of Agriculture and Biology (Pakistan)

ISSN : 1560-8530