Gobal Advanced Research Journal of Environmental Science and Toxicology (GARJEST) ISSN: 2315-5140
October 2012 Vol. 1(7), pp. 178-182
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Biochemical qualities of cassava fufu sold in Imo and Abia States of Nigeria

Odom T. C. 1*, Nwanekezi E. C.2, Udensi E. A.3,  Ogbuji C. A.1, Ihemanma C. A.4, Emecheta R. O.4 and Aji R. U.5

1Department of Food Science and Technology Abia State Polytechnic
2Department of Food Science and Technology Imo State University
3Department of Food Science and Technology Abia State University
4Department of Science Laboratory Department Abia State Polytechnic
5Department of Hospitality Management Abia State Polytechnic

*Corresponding  Author  E-Mail:  odomtheo@yahoo.com   

Accepted 29 September, 2012

Abstract

Hawked retted cassava fufu samples, bought from different vendors in Aba, Umuahia and Owerri in two Southeastern States of Nigeria were analyzed. The biochemical, organoleptic and microbial qualities were determined from day zero and to the eighth days of hawking. The Ph increases from an average of 3.75 on the zero day to 4.20 on the eighth day. The titratable acidity decreased from 1.14% on the zero day to 0.92% on the eighth day. There were losses of organoleptic quality attributes as the day of hawking of the fufu samples increased. The colour, odour and texture of the zero day samples   were more accepted and rated higher than the other days of hawking. There were increased in the microbial counts from initial average of 2.01 x 105 cfu /g on the zero day to an average count of 18.20x105 cfu/g on the eighth day. The pathogenic organisms isolated were Aspergillums spp, Candida albicans, Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and Bacillus cereus.

Keywords: Cassava Fufu, Ph, Titratable acidity, Micro organisms

 

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