Reviews & Commentaries
Aflatoxins: A Global Concern for Food Safety, Human Health and Their Management
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The aﬂatoxin producing fungi, Aspergillus spp., are widely spread in nature and have severely contaminated food supplies of humans and animals, resulting in health hazards and even death. Therefore, there is great demand for aﬂatoxins research to develop suitable methods for their quantiﬁcation, precise detection and control to ensure the safety of consumers’ health. Here, the chemistry and biosynthesis process of the mycotoxins is discussed in brief along with their occurrence, and the health hazards to humans and livestock. This review focuses on resources, production, detection and control measures of aﬂatoxins to ensure food and feed safety. The review is informative for health-conscious consumers and research experts in the ﬁelds. Furthermore, providing knowledge on aﬂatoxins toxicity will help in ensure food safety and meet the future demands of the increasing population by decreasing the incidence of outbreaks due to aﬂatoxins.