af·​la·​tox·​in | \ ˌa-flə-ˈtäk-sən How to pronounce aflatoxin (audio) \

Definition of aflatoxin

: any of several carcinogenic mycotoxins that are produced especially in stored agricultural crops (such as peanuts) by molds (such as Aspergillus flavus)

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Recent Examples on the Web In December, the company recalled some of its Sportmix pet food after reports that the food was linked to multiple dog deaths and may contain potentially unsafe levels of aflatoxin, a byproduct of mold. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Pet food recall: Select Midwestern Pet Foods' dog and cat food recalled for potential salmonella risk," 30 Mar. 2021 If the food contains aflatoxin, the toxin can accumulate in their bodies over time. Sara G. Miller, NBC News, "Certain pet foods recalled after reports of 28 dog deaths, FDA warns," 31 Dec. 2020 Pets poisoned by aflatoxin can display symptoms including sluggishness, jaundice -- a yellowish tint in the eyes or gums caused by liver damage -- loss of appetite, vomiting or diarrhea, according to the FDA. Allen Kim, CNN, "FDA issues pet food alert after 28 dogs are reported dead from toxin," 31 Dec. 2020 The pet food manufacturer Sunshine Mills has issued a voluntary recall of dog food products due to potentially high levels of aflatoxin, a byproduct of mold. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Pet owners beware: 3 dog foods recalled over mold byproduct levels," 6 Sep. 2020 The potential for aflatoxin levels above the acceptable limit in these products was discovered by routine sampling performed by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, the FDA says. Mallika Kallingal, CNN, "Three types of dog foods sold nationwide recalled over high levels of mold by-product," 5 Sep. 2020 Higher income countries screen for aflatoxins and won’t buy contaminated products. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "This Solar-Powered Dehydrator Could Help Small Farmers Reduce Food Waste," 1 Oct. 2019 Chronic aflatoxin exposure can lead to liver damage or liver cancer, especially in individuals with pre-existing conditions such as a Hepatitis B infection. Nutrition Diva Monica Reinagel, Scientific American, "Aflatoxins in Nuts: Danger or Hype?," 6 June 2019 Certain species of this mold may produce a deadly carcinogen called aflatoxins. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "How To ID The Different Kinds Of Mold In Your House—And Their Cause," 17 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of aflatoxin

1962, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aflatoxin

afla-, from initial letters of New Latin Aspergillus flavus, species of mold + toxin

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The first known use of aflatoxin was in 1962

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8 Apr 2021

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“Aflatoxin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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af·​la·​tox·​in | \ ˌaf-lə-ˈtäk-sən How to pronounce aflatoxin (audio) \

Medical Definition of aflatoxin

: any of several carcinogenic mycotoxins that are produced especially in stored agricultural crops (as peanuts) by molds (as Aspergillus flavus)

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