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Any of the mold-produced substances that may be injurious to vertebrates upon ingestion, inhalation, or skin contact. The diseases they cause, known as mycotoxicoses, need not involve the toxin-producing fungus. Diagnostic features characterizing mycotoxicoses are the following: the disease is not transmissible; drug and antibiotic treatments have little or no effect; in field outbreaks the disease is often seasonal; the outbreak is usually associated with a specific foodstuff; and examination of the suspected food or foodstuff reveals signs of fungal activity.

The earliest recognized mycotoxicoses were human diseases. Ergotism, or St. Anthony's fire, results from eating rye infected with Claviceps purpurea. Yellow rice disease, a complex of human toxicoses, is caused by several Penicillium islandicum mycotoxins. World attention was directed toward the mycotoxin problem with the discovery of the aflatoxins in England in 1961. The aflatoxins, a family of mycotoxins produced by Aspergillus flavus and A. parasiticus, can induce both acute and chronic toxicological effects in vertebrates. Aflatoxin B1, the most potent of the group, is toxic, carcinogenic, mutagenic, and teratogenic. Major agricultural commodities that are often contaminated by aflatoxins include corn, peanuts, rice, cottonseed, and various tree nuts. See Aflatoxin, Ergot and ergotism


A toxin produced by a fungus.
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OTA is a naturally occurring food borne mycotoxin found in a wide variety of agricultural commodities throughout the globe, ranging from cereal grains, dried fruits to wine and coffee.
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When exposure to mold is known or if health complaints have an untraceable source, mycotoxin testing may prove valuable in the diagnostic and treatment process.
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Representative control and the contaminated diets were taken before and at the end of the starter and grower diet periods and analyzed for mycotoxin concentrations by the Asia Mycotoxin Analysis Center (Chaoyang University of Technology, Taichung, Taiwan).
45], confirmed the positive correlation between the incidence of urinary tract tumors (UTT) and BEN demonstrated in our first population-based case control 1977 study and that the percentage of food samples and blood containing nephrotoxic mycotoxin and carcinogen ochratoxin A (OTA) correlated with the origin of echantillonsr Nikolo (the group of BEN/UTT patients).