Aflatoxins and food pathogens: impact of biologically active aflatoxins and their control strategies

Umesha, S. and Manukumar, H. M. and Chandrasekhar, B. and Prahlad, S. and Shiva Kumar, J. and Sri Raghava and Avinash, P. and Shirin, Marahel and Bharathi, T. R. and Rajini, S. B. and Nandhini, M. and Vinaya Rani, G. G. and Shobha, M. and Prakash, H. S. (2017) Aflatoxins and food pathogens: impact of biologically active aflatoxins and their control strategies. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 97 (6). pp. 1698-1707. ISSN 1097-0010

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Abstract Globally disease outbreaks as a result of the consumption of contaminated food and feedstuffs are a regular primary problem. The foremost elements contributing to contamination are microorganisms, particularly fungi, which produce low-molecular weight secondary metabolites, with demonstrated toxic properties that are referred to as mycotoxins. Aflatoxins contaminate agricultural commodities and may cause sickness or fatality in humans and animals. Moreover, poor conditions of storage and a deficiency in regulatory measures in food quality control aggravate the main issue. For that reason, mycotoxin-related illness of nutrition represents a major health hazard for local populations. Government policies should make regulations aiming to avoid the entry of aflatoxins into food stuffs. For consumer safety, control and management strategies should be developed and implemented by regulatory authorities. There is the need for attention from farmers, scientists, government and collaborative minds throughout the country to ensure aflatoxin-free food. The present review is informative not only for health-conscious consumers, but also for relevant authorities with respect to paving the way for future research aiming to fill the existing gaps in our knowledge with regard to mycotoxins and food security. © 2016 Society of Chemical Industry

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Aspergillus spp., aflatoxins, farmers, biotechnology, food-safety
Subjects: B Life Science > Biotechnology
Divisions: Department of > Biotechnology
Depositing User: C Swapna Library Assistant
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2019 10:05
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2019 06:15

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