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Tackling aflatoxin, the killer poison in Africas food

Tackling aflatoxin, the killer poison in Africa’s food

12 April 2017

Aflatoxin in food was among the prominent issues discussed at the recent First All-Africa Postharvest Congress and Exhibition held in Nairobi, Kenya, from 28th to 31st March 2017.

Aflasafe SN01 launched in The Gambia to combat aflatoxin in groundnuts and maize

Aflasafe SN01 launched in The Gambia to combat aflatoxin in groundnuts and maize

28 March 2017

AflasafeSN01 was launched in Banjul, The Gambia, to combat aflatoxin in groundnuts and maize. Aflasafe is an all-natural biocontrol product, developed by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), in collaboration with national and international partners.

Un produit biologique

Un produit biologique "Aflasafe" réduit l’aflatoxine sur l’arachide et le maïs

22 Mars 2017

Les effets des aflatoxines sur la santé, l’agriculture et le commerce en Afrique sont considérables. L’aflatoxine est parmi les vecteurs du cancer du foie qui fait chaque année des milliers de victimes dans le monde, mais c’est l’Afrique qui paye le plus lourd tribut avec un taux de 30%, particulièrement dans les pays producteurs de l’arachide, du maïs, du riz entre autres.

Saving Nigeria food from aflatoxin, a stealthy, silent and invisible killer

Saving Nigeria’s food from aflatoxin, a stealthy, silent and invisible killer

15 March 2017

Partners and investors in Nigeria’s groundnut and maize produce will today convene at Lagos for an Investors Forum. This is a roundtable consultation on how best to commercialise Aflasafe – one of the solutions to aflatoxin – with a view to reaching as many Nigerian farmers as possible through the agri-inputs industry.

aflatoxin collage
Like books, do not judge your food by its cover. Which of these is aflatoxin-contaminated? The mouldy ones? The ‘clean’ ones? It could be either, or neither. Without a chemical test, it is impossible to tell. With aflatoxin, its stealth is its strength, which is what makes it so deadly. According to Barbara Stinson, Project Director at the Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa, “The fuzzy, green fungus alone isn’t a dead giveaway that the toxin is present.” Similarly, the ‘clean’ look does not mean that the food is aflatoxin-free. Aflatoxin in food is measured parts per billion (ppb). The Nigeria and European Union safety level is 4 ppb, 10 in Kenya and 20 in Senegal and USA. Picture that in parts per billion! We cannot see, smell or taste aflatoxin even when its level is lethal.