Aflatoxin Binders in Foods for Human Consumption-Can This be Promoted Safely and Ethically?

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Ahlberg , S , Randolph , D , Okoth , S & Lindahl , J 2019 , ' Aflatoxin Binders in Foods for Human Consumption-Can This be Promoted Safely and Ethically? ' , Toxins , vol. 11 , no. 7 , 410 . https://doi.org/10.3390/toxins11070410

Title: Aflatoxin Binders in Foods for Human Consumption-Can This be Promoted Safely and Ethically?
Author: Ahlberg, Sara; Randolph, Delia; Okoth, Sheila; Lindahl, Johanna
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Doctoral Programme in Food Chain and Health
Date: 2019-07
Language: eng
Number of pages: 11
Belongs to series: Toxins
ISSN: 2072-6651
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/312214
Abstract: Aflatoxins continue to be a food safety problem globally, especially in developing regions. A significant amount of effort and resources have been invested in an attempt to control aflatoxins. However, these efforts have not substantially decreased the prevalence nor the dietary exposure to aflatoxins in developing countries. One approach to aflatoxin control is the use of binding agents in foods, and lactic acid bacteria (LAB) have been studied extensively for this purpose. However, when assessing the results comprehensively and reviewing the practicality and ethics of use, risks are evident, and concerns arise. In conclusion, our review suggests that there are too many issues with using LAB for aflatoxin binding for it to be safely promoted. Arguably, using binders in human food might even worsen food safety in the longer term.
Subject: Aflatoxins
binding
food safety
biocontrol
food discipline
LACTIC-ACID BACTERIA
SACCHAROMYCES-CEREVISIAE
DAIRY STRAINS
M-1
MILK
M1
BINDING
ABILITY
HEALTH
KENYA
416 Food Science
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