School of Biological Science
Aflatoxins are highly poisonous compounds produced by the Aspergillus fungus, which occur in soil. Several of the food crops grown in Africa, such as cassava, chili, groundnuts, maize, rice, sorghum, teff, and major cash crops such as coffee, cocoa, tea and sugarcane have been found to be contaminated with these dangerous toxins. They have also been found in processed foods such as peanut butter and foods from animal sources like egg and milk.
Aflatoxins cause cancers in humans and animals. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, aflatoxin B1 is the most potent natural carcinogen so far known. About 26,000 Africans living south of the Sahara die of liver cancer every year through chronic aflatoxin exposure. Because of their potency and the wide range of commodities they affect, aflatoxins pose serious risks to human health, agricultural production and trade.
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|Improving the evidence base on aflatoxin.pdf||1.48 MB|
|PACA_CTA Joint Press Release.pdf||432.95 KB|