New study finds aflatoxin in Kenyan maize more widespread than previously thought

Came across a press release on the IFPRI website that tells of a recent study in Kenya that sought to document the levels of aflatoxin contamination in maize value chains.

The findings are pretty worrying… a significant proportion of samples had aflatoxin levels that were above the legal limit of 10 parts per billion.

Read the press release here.


2 Replies to “New study finds aflatoxin in Kenyan maize more widespread than previously thought”

  1. There seem to be increasing number of aflatoxin studies – one such study apparently has linked it to the progression from HIV to AIDS well st least according to Secretary for HIV and AIDS in Malawi. Aflatoxin has also been linked to esophageal cancer. I am worried that if govts dont step in soon, a market for big companies to produce expensive maize treatments will be created.

    1. Yes, it’s high time governments came up with long-lasting solutions to this problem of aflatoxin contamination of maize. Food security is more than just an issue of food availability, safety etc… it also has a political dimension. Here in Kenya, the problem is often associated with poor methods of post-harvest storage of maize. What is most annoying is that the cause of problem is known, the interventions are known, but seemingly no lasting solution is in sight!

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