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Cyanide content of gari

Maduagwu, E. N. (1979) Cyanide content of gari. Toxicology Letters, 3 (1). pp. 21-24.

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500 random samples of gari (a cassava by-product) being hawked for sale in Ibadan markets, in Nigeria, were assayed for hydrocyanic acid (HCN) content. Most of the samples contained detectable amounts of HCN, ranging between 0.8 and 38 mg/kg, and only a very small proportion (0.4%) contained no cyanide. The limit of HCN detection was 0.1 ppm. There was no significant difference (P < 0.01) between the mean total cyanide (glycoside-bound plus non-glycosidic) and free cyanide (non-glycosidic) contents, 8.0 ± 6.9 mg HCN/kg and 7.2 ± 5.8 mg HCN/kg, respectively; indicating that an overwhelming proportion of the residual cyanide content of commercial gari could be present in the “free” form. The toxicity implications of free cyanide in cassava diets is briefly discussed.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences > School of Biological Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2017 12:52
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2017 12:52

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