July1 , 2022

KEY FACTS ABOUT MYCOTOXIN

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KEY FACTS ABOUT MYCOTOXIN

  • Mycotoxins are naturally occurring toxins produced by certain moulds (fungi) and can be found in food.
  • The moulds grow on a variety of different crops and foodstuffs including cereals, nuts, spices, dried fruits, apples and coffee beans, often under warm and humid conditions.

Read also: How to minimize the risk from Mycotoxin

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  • Mycotoxins can cause a variety of adverse health effects and pose a serious health threat to both humans and livestock.
  • The adverse health effects of mycotoxins range from acute poisoning to long-term effects such as immune deficiency and cancer.
  • A scientific expert committee jointly convened by WHO and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) – called JECFA – is the international body responsible for evaluating the health risk from natural toxins including mycotoxins.
  • International standards and codes of practice to limit exposure to mycotoxins from certain foods are established by the Codex Alimentarius Commission based on JECFA assessments.

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