Asian Journal of Microbiology, Biotechnology & Environmental Sciences Paper

Vol 10, Issue 1, 2008; Page No.(43-45)

AFLATOXIN CONTAMINATION IN RED PEPPER STORED UNDER AMBIENT AND COLD STORAGE CONDITIONS

M. SRIDEVI, P. SUDBAKAR AND M.N. REDDY

Abstract

Dried red pepper pods of different genotypes were collected from the market yards in Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh and analysed for aflatoxin contamination using indirect competitive ELISA. Pods of three varieties were stored at cold storage and at ambient temperatures to record the progress of anatoxin levels. Considerably high levels were observed in four of the varieties screened. the highest observed being 615ppb. Red peppers stored in cold storage showed comparatively lower aflatoxin levels. Pods with pedicel showed slightly higher aflatoxin levels compared to pods without pedicel.

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