4.5 Billion have aflatoxin in their food
About 4.5 billion people are affected by mycotoxins that have been linked to tumors of the liver, kidneys, urinary and digestive tract, and lungs, as well as birth defects and nervous system problems. In addition, aflatoxin acts synergistically with hepatitis infection, which is also often prevalent in regions where mycotoxins are present in food supplies.
As a result, up to 28% of liver cancer cases worldwide are directly associated with consumption of foods containing aflatoxin. In combination with poor nutrition, dietary exposure to aflatoxins also can contribute to stunted growth and adverse health effects on the immune systems in children. Stunted children will never achieve their full physical or mental potential, with enormous social and economic costs.