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Aflatoxin Impacts Paper

Submitted by sosina on Sat, 02/10/2018 - 05:52

Aflatoxins are naturally occurring toxins produced by certain fungi, most importantly Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus. Aflatoxins contaminate many African dietary staples such as maize, groundnuts, rice, and cassava, particularly under certain conditions: dry weather during planting, high moisture during harvest, inadequate drying and storage of crops. Countries in latitudes between 40°N and 40°S—which includes all of Africa—are susceptible to aflatoxin contamination.