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Complex of toxins formed by molds of the genus Aspergillus, which frequently contaminate improperly stored nuts (especially peanuts), grains, meals, and certain other foods. Discovered after an outbreak of turkey X disease in England in 1960, aflatoxins may cause liver disease and cancer and may trigger Reye syndrome.
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