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Mexican Research Spotlights Aflatoxin Contamination In Common Foods

September 30, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Award-winning research conducted in Mexico has found an array of popular foods contaminated with cancer-causing aflatoxins. The researchers discovered the naturally occurring contaminants in corn tortillas, rice, chili pepper, processed sauces, chicken breasts and eggs. Both cervical and liver cancer have been associated with aflatoxins, which are produced by the fungi Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus. To minimize contact with these substances, the researchers suggest properly storing food, and varying the foods one ingests.
Magda Carvajal Moreno, "Foods Toxins That Can Cause Cervical, Liver Cancer", News release, Investigación y Desarrollo (Mexico), September 30, 2013, © National Autonomous University of Mexico
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