African Journal of
Microbiology Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Microbiol. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0808
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJMR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 5177

Full Length Research Paper

Environmental and fungal contamination of palm oil sold in Anyigba Market, Nigeria

S. C. Enemuor1, S. A. Adegoke2, A. O. Haruna2 and O. O. Oguntibeju3*
1Department of Microbiology, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria. 2Department of Microbiology, Kogi State University, PMB 1008, Anyigba, Kogi State, Nigeria. 3Department of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Health and Wellness Sciences, Cape Peninsula University of Technology Bellville 7535, South Africa
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  •  Accepted: 31 January 2012
  •  Published: 23 March 2012



In this present study, the environmental and fungal contamination of palm oil collected from Anyigba market, Nigeria was investigated. Results revealed the presence of 0.3% moisture, 0.2% impurity and 6.0% free fatty acid. These values were higher than the acceptable values for palm oil as recommended by the Nigerian Agency for Food and Drug Administration (NAFDAC) Research. Microbial content of the palm oil samples showed the following isolates Phialophora jeanselmeiTrichophyton schoeuleinii andMicrosporum canis. The presence of these potentially harmful microorganisms in the palm oil samples portrays a relative health hazards to the consumers of the product. The quality of palm oil may thus be affected by environmental and fungal content. Consequently, an improved method of handling, processing and storage is advocated.


Key words: Physicochemical, fungal contamination, palm oil, Nigeria.