Review on microbial degradation of aflatoxins

O. A. Adebo, P. B. Njobeh, S. Gbashi, O. C. Nwinyi, V. Mavumengwana

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Aflatoxin (AF) contamination presents one of the most insidious challenges to combat, in food safety. Its adulteration of agricultural commodities presents an important safety concern as evident in the incidences of its health implication and economic losses reported widely. Due to the overarching challenges presented by the contamination of AFs in foods and feeds, there is an urgent need to evolve cost-effective and competent strategies to combat this menace. In our review, we tried to appraise the cost-effective methods for decontamination of AFs. We identified the missing links in adopting microbial degradation as a palliative to decontamination of AFs and its commercialization in food and feed industries. Cogent areas of further research were also highlighted in the review paper.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3208-3217
Number of pages10
JournalCritical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 13 Oct 2017


  • Aflatoxins
  • biodegradable products
  • decontamination
  • microbial degradation
  • toxicity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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