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af·la·tox·in

(af'lă-tok'sin),
Toxic metabolites of some Aspergillus strains including the fungi Aspergillus flavus, Aspergillus parasiticus, and Aspergillus oryzae. They may play a role in the etiology of primary cancer of the liver in humans and produce disease in animals that eat peanut meal and other feed contaminated by these fungi.

aflatoxin

/af·la·tox·in/ (af´lah-tok″sin) a toxin produced by Aspergillus flavus and A. parasiticus, molds which contaminate ground nut seedlings; it has been implicated as a cause of hepatic carcinoma in humans.

aflatoxin

(ăf′lə-tŏk′sĭn)
n.
Any of a group of toxic compounds produced by certain molds, especially Aspergillus flavus, that contaminate stored food supplies such as animal feed and peanuts.

af·la·tox·in

(af'lă-tok'sin)
Toxic metabolites of some Aspergillus strains including the fungi A. flavus, A. parasiticus, and A. oryzae.

Aflatoxin

A substance produced by molds that grow on rice and peanuts. Exposure to aflatoxin is thought to explain the high rates of primary liver cancer in Africa and parts of Asia.
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aflatoxin

a mycotoxin produced by growth of the fungus Aspergillus flavus, usually on groundnuts or stored grain. See also aflatoxicosis.
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In January, the Plant Protection Board of Pakistan issued a directive that all tea imports from Kenya must undergo aflatoxin tests, a move that Nairobi protested saying the fungus was not a common occurrence in the produce.
The peanuts inside the rotating glass tubes treated for 240 seconds at a 7-cm distance underwent the lowest aflatoxin reduction of 23%.
Kireger said in bid to address aflatoxin poisoning, the government developed an aflatoxin lab in 2014 to produce a bio-pesticide, Aflasafe, at Kalro-Katumani, Machakos, at a cost of Sh70 million.
In the 1960s, before the effects of aflatoxin were understood, Africa had 77% of the global peanut export market.
Caption: It is thought that aflatoxins may play a role in up to 28% of all liver cancer cases globally.
However, the exact strains of the aflatoxin prevalent in the commercial fruit and vegetables of Pakistan and their respective control / management approaches suitable in the local climatic and geographical conditions of Pakistan are not known.
By considering the importance of mycoflora with reference to aflatoxins, the present study was conducted to monitor aflatoxin-producing Aspergillus flavus and determine mycological quality of finished commercial broiler feed in and around Quetta district.
The available data on aflatoxin toxicity in quail, however, are mainly derived from short-term studies using high levels of toxins in feed, without specifying any of four naturally occurring aflatoxins.
Recently, many studies searched for reverse the harmful effects of aflatoxin in broiler using organic acids or other chemical additive [6, 7, 8], plant extracts [5, 9] and biological treatment [10, 11, 12].
Foods for consumption by humans and animal feed are routinely monitored and strictly regulated for aflatoxin contamination as part of standard food safety practices in most developed countries.
Those molds diminish the quality of peanut crops and generate mycotoxins such as aflatoxin, a dangerous compound that can cause physical and mental stunting in children, cause cancer and, in high doses, even kill.