Aflatoxin Testing Training aims to Enhance Poisonous-Free Consumed Grains

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Thu, 04/19/2018 - 06:38

The grains consumed on a day-to-day basis have to undergo testing to ensure that no poisonous compounds harmful to health occur in food processed for human consumption. Poisonous compound known as Aflatoxins, found in grains such as maize and other cereals have been reported to cause liver cancer, delayed development and stunted growth in children.

Quality control officers of milling plants undergoing a training on Aflatoxin testing at CEBIB

Professor of Botany, Prof. Sheila Okoth from School of Biological Sciences, College of Biological and Physical Sciences (CBPS) and Prof. Herrman Tim, State Chemist and Director of the Office of the Texas State Chemist at Texas A&M University, took millers, serving as Quality Control Officers in milling plants, through an Aflatoxin Testing training held on April 18, 2018.

Professors Okoth and Tim, are Co-Principal Investigators of Aflatoxin Proficiency Testing and Control in Africa aimed to train on measuring and managing aflatoxin risk to increase global food safety. Aflatoxin Proficiency Testing training is currently in its third year in Africa.

“Value human life,” explained Prof. Bernard Aduda, Principal CBPS. “Health is critical, we are losing people through cancer and this is becoming very serious,” added the don while appreciating the critical role that millers who came for the training, play in the food chain.

The training, a collaboration of University of Nairobi and Texas A&M Agri Life Research, brought together grain millers from Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu at the Centre for Biotechnology and Bioinformatics (CEBIB), College of Biological and Physical Sciences (CBPS).

Participants learnt on the importance of proficiency testing program, sources of variability in measuring aflatoxins, working controls and control charts and how to perform aflatoxin analysis using the equipment selected by their firm. The two testing platforms are the Neogen Veratox, Reveal Q+ and Vicam Aflatest. 

Laboratory testing during the training on Aflatoxin Proficiency Testing

Prof. Sheila Okoth, Professor at the School of Biological Sciences and Co-Principal Investigator of Aflatoxin Proficiency testing takes millers through the training

Prof. Herrman Tim, from Texas A&M University and Co-Principal Investigator of Aflatoxin Proficiency  testing, training millers

Prof. B. Aduda, Principal CBPS, officially opening Aflatoxin Proficiency Testing training

Group photo with Millers stakeholders, Principal CBPS and Program Cordinators of Aflatoxin Proficiency Testing, at CEBIB

Related news:

Kenyan experts train maize millers on dangers of aflatoxin (media report from Ghana news)

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