Mycological Evaluation and Nutritional Composition of Smoked-Dried Fish From Igbokoda Market in Ondo State
Seven different fungi were associated with the smoked dried fishes collected from Igbokoda market in Ondo State, Nigeria. The associated fungi include Fusarium oxysporum, Rhizopus oryzae, F. verticiloides, Neurospora crassa, Aspergillus flavus, Cladosporum sp, Penicillium chrysogenum. The Prevalence of Aspergillus flavus, Penicilium chrysogenum, Neurospora crassa and Rhizopus oryzae were not significantly different from each other. The highest carbohydrate content was found in Sample C, the highest mean value for moisture content was found in sample B while the fat and ash content of sample B and C were not significantly different from each other, the protein content of sample A was the highest (60.1) while the least protein were found in Sample C (55.00).Moreover, the shelf-life of smoked dried fish was apparently reduced by the presence of Aspergillus flavus. In conclusion smoked dried fishes stored for sale in Igbokoda markets were contaminated with A. flavus .This present study indicates that there is a need to improve on the post-harvest storage condition of smoked dried fishes
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