#WhiteAlert: All you need to know about aflatoxins

Maize farmers dry their maize. Researchers say drying maize on the ground gets it in contact with the soil, where the fungi that causes aflatoxin are found. The fungal infestation is a serious threat to Kenya’s food security, causing a substantial portion of the harvested grains to go to waste. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Aflatoxin-producing fungi can contaminate crops in the field, at harvest, and during storage.

  • Aflatoxins are odourless, tasteless and colourless, making them silent but lethal poisons.

  • These fungi are also associated with both acute and chronic toxicity in animals and humans, including acute liver damage, liver cirrhosis and liver cancers.

Sunday night exposé by NTV Investigations Desk on aflatoxin contamination of maize products has caused a wave of panic and concern in Kenya.


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