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Combating aflatoxins to curb Africa’s post-harvest losses

April 21st, 2017 / InDepth News

Forty percent of the food produced in Africa is lost, largely due to poor product handling, storage and processing practices, with aflatoxins often responsible for much of this loss in the post-harvest phase.
Aflatoxins are poisonous and cancer-causing chemical produced by certain moulds (Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus) which grow in …

East Africa: EAC to mitigate aflatoxins

August 16th, 2016 / AllAfrica.com

African Union (AU) has asked the East African Community member states to come up with agent interventions to mitigate challenges brought by Aflatoxins contamination on agro-products which has posed a bottleneck in marketing agricultural produce from members states both on the local and International market. Agricultural experts say Aflatoxins have …

Tanzania: field trials in progress to control toxins in food crops

July 15th, 2016 / AllAfrica.com

Researchers in Tanzania are conducting field trials in four regions on biological control of aflatoxins, namely Aflasafe, following a study in 2012, which showed high prevalence of the toxic compounds in maize and groundnuts in many parts of the country. Aflatoxins has been linked to the recent outbreak of a …