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Improper handling and storage of cereal grains and oilseeds result in the production of toxins known as aflatoxins which are not generally destroyed by normal cooking process. Aflatoxins are produced by

(a) bacteria
(b) protozoa
(c) moulds
(d) viruses



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Aflatoxins are produced by moulds.

Specifically, aflatoxins are a group of naturally occurring toxins produced by certain species of fungi, particularly Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus. These fungi can contaminate crops such as cereal grains (e.g., corn, wheat, rice), oilseeds (e.g., peanuts, soybeans, sunflower seeds), and various spices. Improper handling and storage of these food commodities, particularly under warm and humid conditions, can lead to fungal growth and aflatoxin production.

Aflatoxins are known to be highly toxic and can have serious health effects on humans and animals if ingested in significant amounts. They are resistant to heat and are not easily destroyed by normal cooking processes, making prevention of contamination during storage and processing crucial to ensure food safety.


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