Tackling toxins uri icon

abstract

  • Aflatoxins are toxic and carcinogenic substances produced by fungi such as Aspergillus flavus and A. parasiticuson a variety of food products. Contamination of groundnut (peanut) with mycotoxins such as aflatoxin hasassumed significance in semi-arid regions of the world where over 4.5 billion people are exposed to uncontrolledamounts of these toxins. Although aflatoxin contamination does not affect crop productivity, it makes the produceunfit for consumption. Aflatoxin B1, the most toxic, is a potent carcinogen associated with liver cancer

publication date

  • 2008