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Consumers´ability to discriminate aflatoxin-contaminated Brazil nuts
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Domestic Sciences.
2005 (English)In: Food Additives and Contaminants, Vol. 22, no 1, 56-64 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The objectives of the study were to investigate the extent to which consumers can separate nuts with a high content of aflatoxin from sound nuts, and whether sorting results can be improved by information or whether they are affected by certain factors. A test panel consisting of 100 subjects were asked to crack 300 g Brazil nuts and to sort the nuts into those they considered edible and inedible. the test showed that consumers can, on current bahaviour, discriminate aflatoxin-contaminated Brazil nuts to a signifikant extent. None of the tested factors (such as sex, age, level level of education, ethnic background or knowledge of mycotoxins) had any effects on the probability of exceeding either of the two aflatoxin thresholds.

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2005. Vol. 22, no 1, 56-64 p.
Keyword [en]
"Brazil nut", "aflatoxin", "sorting", "consumer"
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Food Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-73812DOI: 10.1080/02652030400028043OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-73812DiVA: diva2:101722
Available from: 2005-06-22 Created: 2005-06-22 Last updated: 2014-12-03Bibliographically approved

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