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- Several varieties of the mould Aspergillus produce a group of carcinogens called aflatoxins, which cause liver injury and cancer.
- Excessive absorption of the naturally-occurring aflatoxin can lead to liver damage in the long term, said Food and Environmental Hygiene Department officials.
- The most potent human carcinogen known is the mycotoxin aflatoxin, and it is certainly not an artificial chemical.
- Staple foods in the developing world, particularly maize and groundnuts, are often contaminated with aflatoxins, metabolites of Aspergillus species.
- One family of mycotoxins, the aflatoxins, are carcinogenic and immunotoxic and cause growth retardation in animals.