2020
DOI: 10.5296/jas.v8i4.17387
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Drying in Brazil Nut Processing as Tool for Prevention of Contamination by Aflatoxins

Abstract: Drying is fundamental in the processing of Brazil nuts to prevent contamination by aflatoxins which are produced by fungi, as well as to extend the shelf life of the product. The binomial time/temperature is applied to guarantee the efficiency of drying stages. In this context, the objective of this study was to evaluate the parameters of moisture content (mc) and water activity (Aw) in processed and unprocessed nuts obtained from a processing plant in the Amazonas state, Brazil, during the harvests of 2019 an… Show more

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“…For the fungus to produce mycotoxins, such as AFL, it needs favorable conditions for its growth, such as: water activity, moisture content, pH, chemical composition of the food and temperature, as well as gene expression (Yunes et al, 2019), conditions easily found in tropical regions where Brazil nuts are collected. The extractive activity to collect the Brazil nuts in the forest is an element of biodiversity conservation in Amazonian conservation units that meet the needs and rights of traditional and indigenous people (Silva et al, 2020). The Brazil nut chain starts with the seed's extractive in the forest, and it is storage and transported for processing plants with different drying stages in a complex production chain (Taniwaki et al, 2019).…”
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confidence: 99%
“…For the fungus to produce mycotoxins, such as AFL, it needs favorable conditions for its growth, such as: water activity, moisture content, pH, chemical composition of the food and temperature, as well as gene expression (Yunes et al, 2019), conditions easily found in tropical regions where Brazil nuts are collected. The extractive activity to collect the Brazil nuts in the forest is an element of biodiversity conservation in Amazonian conservation units that meet the needs and rights of traditional and indigenous people (Silva et al, 2020). The Brazil nut chain starts with the seed's extractive in the forest, and it is storage and transported for processing plants with different drying stages in a complex production chain (Taniwaki et al, 2019).…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 99%