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Lack of relationship between sorghum consumption, mycotoxin contamination and pellagra in a traditionally sorghum eating population.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1750108     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Traditionally, the disease pellagra has been associated with corn consumption and niacin deficiency, and has presently been recognised as a multiple factor nutritional syndrome. In the recent past, it has been suggested that consumption of mycotoxin contaminated sorghum/corn may be involved in the development of pellagra in a sorghum/corn eating population. The present study relates to the assessment of levels of mycotoxins (aflatoxin B1 and T-2 toxin) in sorghum collected from a traditionally sorghum eating population. Despite 25% fungal contamination in the sorghum samples collected, the levels of mycotoxins were minimal (1.4%) and there was no incidence of pellagra in the survey area. The absence of pellagra in the survey areas may be attributed to the changing dietary pattern.
R B Sashidhar; Y Ramakrishna; T Ramnath; R V Bhat
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Tropical and geographical medicine     Volume:  43     ISSN:  0041-3232     ISO Abbreviation:  Trop Geogr Med     Publication Date:    1991 Jan-Apr
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-01-21     Completed Date:  1992-01-21     Revised Date:  2009-11-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376231     Medline TA:  Trop Geogr Med     Country:  NETHERLANDS    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  165-70     Citation Subset:  IM    
National Institute of Nutrition, Indian Council of Medical Research, Hyderabad, India.
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MeSH Terms
Cereals / adverse effects*
Food Contamination / analysis*
Food Supply
Foodborne Diseases / etiology*
Mycotoxins / analysis*
Pellagra / etiology*
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