Chemical structure of aflatoxin B1
Aflatoxins are mycotoxins produced by many species of Aspergillus fungi, most notably Aspergillus flavus, Aspergillus niger and Aspergillus parasiticus. Aflatoxins are toxic and carcinogenic to animals, including humans. After entering the body, aflatoxins are metabolized by the liver to a reactive intermediate, aflatoxin M1
Ongoing problems in the world are associated with aflatoxins: sudden death of one hundred thousand handling infected turkeys fed with aflatoxin in Scotland, 1960.

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