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kenyamoja 29 May 2020

Standard: Missing link as cement firm handed toxic maize

Controversy has erupted over the destruction of 54,000 bags of maize from the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) silos in Nakuru (above) , which are said to be unfit for human consumption. Dr Noah Wekesa, the Strategy Food Reserves (SFR) chairman, said yesterday some officials at NCPB violated disposal regulations.

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standardmedia 29 May 2020

Missing link as cement firm handed toxic maize

Controversy has erupted over the destruction of 54,000 bags of maize from the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) silos in Nakuru (above) , which are said to be unfit for human consumption. Dr Noah Wekesa, the Strategy Food Reserves (SFR) chairman, said yesterday some officials at NCPB violated disposal regulations.

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mdpi 29 May 2020

Toxins, Vol. 12, Pages 357: Multi Mycotoxin Determination in Dried Beef Using Liquid Chromatography Coupled with Triple Quadrupole Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS/MS)

Dried beef meat, a locally processed meat from the cow, is vulnerable to contamination by mycotoxins, due to its exposure to the environmental microbiota during processing, drying, and point of sale. In this study, 108 dried beef samples were examined for the occurrence of 17 mycotoxins.

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kenyamoja 27 May 2020

Nairobi News: Kebs speaks out as DCI opens probe into poisonous food donation

The Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) on Wednesday has dismissed as fake a press statement which has been circulating on social media purporting to give details of the recently harmful relief food distributed in Kikuyu, Kiambu County. The statement, which surfaced online on Tuesday evening and was....

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mdpi 27 May 2020

Toxins, Vol. 12, Pages 350: The Effect of Zearalenone on the Cytokine Environment, Oxidoreductive Balance and Metabolism in Porcine Ileal Peyer’s Patches

The aim of the present study was to determine the effect of zearalenone (ZEN), administered per os to gilts at doses equivalent to 50%, 100%, and 150% of no-observed-adverse-effect level (NOAEL) values for 14, 28, and 42 days during weaning, on changes in the parameters of the oxidoreductive....

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mdpi 27 May 2020

Soil Syst., Vol. 4, Pages 35: Soil Microbial Communities in Corn Fields Treated with Atoxigenic Aspergillus flavus

Aspergillus flavus refers to a diverse group of saprophytic soil fungi that includes strains producing aflatoxins (toxigenic strains) in the kernels of corn ( Zea mays L.) and other crops, causing pre-harvest and post-harvest aflatoxin contamination. Some A.

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authorityngr 27 May 2020

NIPRD, NNPC partner on local drugs production

The Director General of the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD), Dr. Obi Peter Adigwe has said that the institute is presently in discussion with the management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on how to collaborate in sourcing by-product of the refineries to produce drugs locally.

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kenyamoja 26 May 2020

The Star: Lobby calls for enhanced surveillance to protect consumers from unsafe food

A consumer organisation has expressed concern over increasing cases of contaminated food as well as the influx of substandard products in the market. The consumer Downtown Association on Monday said the endless influx of sprayed vegetables, fruits and contaminated meat among other foods have sent....

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presstv 26 May 2020

ECONOMY ‘Iran to turn contaminated corns from Brazil into ethanol’ Iran says a large consignment of contaminated corns that came from Brazil will be turned into alcohol.

Iranian authorities say a large Brazilian cargo of corn stuck for nearly a year in a port south of the country because of contamination will be turned into simple alcohol to help a national fight against the new coronavirus pandemic. Head of Iran’s standardization office (ISIRI) said on Tuesday that....

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mdpi 26 May 2020

Microorganisms, Vol. 8, Pages 793: Selection and Evaluation of Staphylococcus xylosus as a Biocontrol Agent against Toxigenic Moulds in a Dry-Cured Ham Model System

Toxigenic moulds can develop on the surface of dry-cured meat products during ripening due to their ecological conditions, which constitutes a risk for consumers. A promising strategy to control this hazard is the use of antifungal microorganisms usually found in these foods.

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manilametro 26 May 2020

DA-NorMin's P6.2-M agri-interventions to boost farm productivity

DALWANGAN, MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon, May 26-The Department of Agriculture in Northern Mindanao (DA-10) turned over P6.2 million agricultural interventions to farmer organizations in Bukidnon. Under the DA-Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD), farmer-beneficiaries received machineries and equipment worth P5.

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mdpi 25 May 2020

Fermentation, Vol. 6, Pages 54: Non-Saccharomyces Yeasts and Organic Wines Fermentation: Implications on Human Health

A relevant trend in winemaking is to reduce the use of chemical compounds in both the vineyard and winery. In organic productions, synthetic chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and genetically modified organisms must be avoided, aiming to achieve the production of a “safer wine”.

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mdpi 24 May 2020

Molecules, Vol. 25, Pages 2445: Dilute-and-Shoot HPLC-UV Method for Determination of Urinary Creatinine as a Normalization Tool in Mycotoxin Biomonitoring in Pigs

A simple, rapid, and accurate HPLC-UV method was developed for the determination of creatinine in pig urine. Usually, it is determined in urine in biomonitoring of xenobiotics to correct for variations in dilutions of urine samples. The colorimetric method (based on Jaffe reaction), which was mainly....

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mdpi 24 May 2020

Nanomaterials, Vol. 10, Pages 1000: Detection of Aflatoxin B1 Based on a Porous Anodized Aluminum Membrane Combined with Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering Spectroscopy

An Aflatoxin B 1 (AFB 1 ) biosensor was fabricated via an Ag nanoparticles assembly on the surface of a porous anodized aluminum (PAA) membrane. First, the Raman reporter 4-Aminothiophenol (4-ATP) and DNA (partially complementary to AFB 1 aptamer) were attached to the surface of Ag nanoparticles....

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nation-ke 24 May 2020

Battles rages for control of maize importation

The stakes around maize importation have always been high, but they could have just gone a notch higher. Government agencies are now engaged in a fierce behind-the-scenes battles over which one of them should be in charge. Meanwhile, the High Court early this month temporarily halted a government....

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kenyamoja 24 May 2020

Nation: Battles rages for control of maize importation

The stakes around maize importation have always been high, but they could have just gone a notch higher. Government agencies are now engaged in a fierce behind-the-scenes battles over which one of them should be in charge. Meanwhile, the High Court early this month temporarily halted a government....

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mdpi 23 May 2020

Molecules, Vol. 25, Pages 2440: Co-Occurrence of Moniliformin and Regulated Fusarium Toxins in Maize and Wheat Grown in Italy

The co-occurrence of moniliformin (MON), fumonisins (FBs), and deoxynivalenol (DON) was evaluated in maize, durum, and common wheat grown in different experimental fields located in several Italian regions. MON was quantified using a LC-MS/MS method adding lanthanum ions in the mobile phase.

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mdpi 23 May 2020

Toxins, Vol. 12, Pages 346: Removal of Small Kernels Reduces the Content of Fusarium Mycotoxins in Oat Grain

Cereal grain contaminated by Fusarium mycotoxins is undesirable in food and feed because of the harmful health effects of the mycotoxins in humans and animals. Reduction of mycotoxin content in grain by cleaning and size sorting has mainly been studied in wheat.

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straitstimesSG 23 May 2020

Bread experiment shows good personal hygiene matters

With the circuit breaker period coming to an end on June 1 , the number of Covid-19 cases is expected to rise as people gradually resume their activities. Observing good hygiene will remain critical in order to keep community transmission low and stable.

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mdpi 22 May 2020

IJMS, Vol. 21, Pages 3668: Development of Biodegradable Whey-Based Laminate Functionalised by Chitosan–Natural Extract Formulations

In this research, antimicrobial polysaccharide chitosan and natural extracts were used as surface coating of a plastic laminate with an integrated whey layer on the inside. The aim was to establish the biodegradable and active concept of packaging laminates.

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feednavigator 22 May 2020

Leading licorice supplier targets feed industry

Ingredients producer, BGG, says its manufacturing site in Xinjiang, China has become the first licorice production facility in the world to obtain GMP+ FSA certification based on GMP+ C6 of the GMP+ international standard, allowing it to boost its feed business.

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mdpi 22 May 2020

Toxins, Vol. 12, Pages 341: Monitoring Phenolic Compounds in Rice during the Growing Season in Relation to Fungal and Mycotoxin Contamination

Total phenolic content (TPC) and several phenolic acids present in rice grains were compared with fungal infection and mycotoxin presence throughout the growing season. Samples of 4 rice varieties were collected in 2018 and 2019 at 3 different plant phenological stages.

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mdpi 21 May 2020

Applied Sciences, Vol. 10, Pages 3533: Drying Performance and Aflatoxin Content of Paddy Rice Applying an Inflatable Solar Dryer in Burkina Faso

The drying performance of paddy rice using an inflatable solar dryer (ISD), or also known as GrainPro Solar Bubble Dryer, was evaluated and compared to conventional sun drying in Burkina Faso. Drying time was around eight hours. Thermal imaging was conducted to observe temperature distribution in the ISD during drying and mixing.

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mdpi 21 May 2020

Animals, Vol. 10, Pages 898: Evaluation of Neuroprotective Effects of Quercetin against Aflatoxin B1-Intoxicated Mice

Aflatoxin B1 (AFB1) is a mycotoxin commonly present in feed, characterized by several toxic effects. AFB1 has been described as being responsible for naturally occurring animal kidney disorders. In addition, AFB1 seems to have a neurotoxical effect that leads to memory impairment behavior.

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mdpi 21 May 2020

Toxins, Vol. 12, Pages 339: Diversity and Toxigenicity of Fungi that Cause Pineapple Fruitlet Core Rot

The identity of the fungi responsible for fruitlet core rot (FCR) disease in pineapple has been the subject of investigation for some time. This study describes the diversity and toxigenic potential of fungal species causing FCR in La Reunion, an island in the Indian Ocean.

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kenyamoja 20 May 2020

The Star: Alarm as Senate announces stores empty of maize

A Senate committee has raised the alarm over empty maize stores at a time the country is grappling with Covid-19 and locust invasion. Embu Senator Njeru Ndwiga, who chairs the Standing Committee on Agriculture, said there is no maize in the Strategic Food Reserve (SFR) to last up to the next harvest season.

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busiweek 20 May 2020

Develop youth friendly programmes, development partners in agriculture sector advised

Development partners in agriculture have been told to come up with programmes that can attract the youth to take part in the sector. The Country Director of Sasakawa Global 2000 Uganda Dr Nyamutale Roseline noted that the agriculture sector has the potential to improve the social and economic status....

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mdpi 20 May 2020

Toxins, Vol. 12, Pages 337: Sensitive Aflatoxin B1 Detection Using Nanoparticle-Based Competitive Magnetic Immunodetection

Food and crop contaminations with mycotoxins are a severe health risk for consumers and cause high economic losses worldwide. Currently, different chromatographic- and immuno-based methods are used to detect mycotoxins within different sample matrices.

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