Estimates were made of the errors associated with the extraction, cleanup, drying, and quantification steps of the analytical procedure used by the Food Safety and Quality Service to test peanuts for aflatoxin. An analysis of variance indicated that the error associated with the extraction, cleanup, and drying steps were each negligible and that the quantification step was the major source of the analytical error. The error associated with the quantification step (coefficient of variation average 18.6%) probably comes from three sources((1) differences in fluorescence among replicated spots on a TLC plate (spot to spot error), (2) differences in fluorescence among spots on different TLC plates (spot to spot plus plate to plate error), and (3) errors in measuring the fluorescence of the spots (reading error). The fluorescence spots on the TLC plates were read densitometrically.
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Keywords: peanuts, aflatoxin, variability, FSQS, Aflatoxin Analyses, extraction, Thin Layer Chromatography
How to Cite:
Whitaker, T. & Dickens, J.,
(1981) “Errors in Aflatoxin Analyses of Raw Peanuts By Thin Layer Chromatography¹”,
Peanut Science 8(2),
01 Jul 1981