are aflatoxins a concern?
Aflatoxin has attracted a lot of concern due to its frequent occurrence
in human food and its ability to cause cancer. A significant percentage
of the world's grain and oil seed supply is contaminated with aflatoxins.
Aflatoxins can survive heat and a variety of processing
procedures. They occur as "unavoidable" contaminants of
corn, peanuts, peanut butter, breakfast cereals, cornmeal, tortillas,
and milk. Dairy cows can have some of these toxins in their milk
following the ingestion of feed containing aflatoxins.
can you avoid exposure to aflatoxins?
away all food contaminated with mold.
Do not leave foods uncovered for
long periods of time. Store them in a cool, dry place.
Buy only major brands of nuts and
Discard any nuts that look moldy,
discolored or shriveled.
Other kinds of mycotoxins
Some kinds of mold make toxins that
are carried in the air. Old, unclean, and moist buildings are
especially like to have such mold toxins. This situation is often
referred to as "sick building syndrome" and can be a major hazard to
public health. Click here for more information.