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Aflatoxins are toxic byproducts from moulds, especially Aspergillus flavus. These moulds grow on crops, and in particular maize and groundnuts are often contaminated.
In humans, aflatoxins cause rare, high case fatality outbreaks (acute aflatoxicosis) while long-term consumption leads to hepatocellular cancer (globally, around 20,000 deaths annually). 43 more words