Peanut & Mycotoxin Innovation Lab

A blog about leading science in peanut and food security.

Cancer specialist studying foods that fight aflatoxin damage

Some 750,000 people die of liver cancer each year, most before age 50, and more 80 percent of them lived in developing countries, according to the National Institutes of Health. Researchers are looking at the way aflatoxin consumption, combined with hepatitis and other factors, are leading to more cancer diagnoses….
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Scientific journal puts out special edition on aflatoxin

The African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development has put out 12-peer reviewed scientific articles in a special issue about aflatoxin. The main corresponding author for the issue, which is sponsored by the International Livestock Research Institute, is Dr. Johanna Lindahl (J.Lindahl@cgiar.org). The editor of AJFAND recently sent out…
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Conference focuses on storage problems, including aflatoxin, in Africa

Sponsors including the Africa Union’s Partnership for Aflatoxin Control (PACA), Abt Associates, the Schooner Africa Fund, AGCO/GSI and GrainPro brought together leaders last week for the first Africa Strategic Grain Reserve Conference, which touched on a variety of storage challenges, including aflatoxin control. The event – which was held in…
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Aflatoxin graphic available for download

Aflatoxin contamination can cost smallholder farmers at the market and leave them with potentially dangerous food to feed their families, but a few simple techniques have been proven to reduce the likelihood and severity of contamination.  The Peanut & Mycotoxin Innovation Lab has created an infographic to relay that important…
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PACA holds workshop on aflatoxin control in Africa

The African Union Commission (AUC) has wrapped up a two-day workshop in Addis Ababa titled “Mitigating the Health and Nutrition Impacts of Aflatoxins in Africa through Uncommon Partnerships.” The workshop, held March 23-24, brought together stakeholders from the health and nutrition sectors, including representatives from member states, Partnership for Aflatoxin control…
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Study links aflatoxin with widespread stunting in children

A new report by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) found that aflatoxin likely is causing widespread stunting in children throughout Africa and Asia. The results and analysis of possible interventions are published in the report Mycotoxin Control in Low-…
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