Why Are Aflatoxins In Food?
Aflatoxins have a harmful effect on human health, and they are found in developing countries more than developed countries. Let us tell you in detail what they are and how do they harm us.
What are Aflatoxins?
They are basically mycotoxins, or in simpler words, they are the toxic secondary products produced by fungi present in foods. Following are their details:
- Parasitic and Aspergillusflavus are the most common strains which affect crops around the globe like corn, tree nuts, and peanuts, etc.
- Be it storage, harvest, or even while being on the field, contamination of food is a severe threat at almost every level of the supply chain.
- Moreover, the harms of these contaminated foods are not associated with their direct consumption only. If you handle these foods, you can still get the harmful effects of Aflatoxins.
- Even eating animal byproducts like dairy or meat from animals whose feed is containing Aflatoxins can pose a risk to your health.
Aflatoxins are known to be very harmful to the human body. They are directly associated with liver diseases and even liver cancer when you have chronic exposure to them. This is why the WHO’s IARC i.e., International Agency for Research on Cancer, has graded them as a Group 1 carcinogen.
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