aflatoxin aflatoxin  /ˌæ flə ˈtɑk sɪn/

Definition(s):

  • (n) a potent carcinogen from the fungus Aspergillus; can be produced and stored for use as a bioweapon

Usage(s):

  1. And Saddam has produced anthrax in large amounts, along with botulinum, a poison that kills by paralyzing the victim, and aflatoxin, a carcinogen.
  2. Prior to the Gulf War, according to the Iraqi government, Baghdad produced 8,400 liters of anthrax, 19,000 liters of botulinum and 2,000 liters each of aflatoxin and clostridium.
  3. They are now searching mainly for biological weapons--small, easily hidden stores of anthrax, botulinum and aflatoxin, along with growth medium to produce new supplies.

News

  • Foods toxins that can cause cervical, liver cancer

    Mexican scientists identified and quantified the amount of aflatoxins (carcinogenic) in food such as corn tortilla, rice, chili pepper, processed sauces, chicken breast and eggs, and revealed its relationship with cervical and liver cancer in humans.
    on October 1, 2013     Source: Science Daily

Quotes

  1. "While results of the final test are not yet available, it is only prudent to conclude that aflatoxin contamination is widespread and serious in Eastern and parts of Coast provinces," Raila said.
    on May 10, 2010 By: Raila Odinga Source: The Standard

  2. Clinton said at the time, "there were substantial quantities of botulinum and aflatoxin, as I recall, some bioagents" in addition to some "chemical agents" such as VX and ricin that were "unaccounted for."
    on Apr 28, 2009 By: Bill Clinton Source: Baxter Bulletin

  3. "The EU wants groundnut kernels and processed products with aflatoxin levels below five parts per billion (PPB) for human consumption and below eight PPB for bird feed. Many consignments have been rejected by EU on grounds of high aflatoxin...
    on May 21, 2009 By: Mukesh Source: Indian Express

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