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Mycotoxins: detection methods, management, public health and agricultural trade.

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This book is an outcome of the MycoGlobe conference in Accra. Most of the chapters are based on invited oral presentations made at the conference. The chapters in this book touch on issues including health, trade, ecology, epidemiology, occurrence, detection, management, awareness and policy. This book serves as a source of information on the occurrence and impact of mycotoxins on everything from ...

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Chapter 7 (Page no: 67)

Economic impact of aflatoxin contamination in sub-Saharan Africa.

Globalization, including new international trade standards and regulations, has placed significant constraints on competitiveness in and access to international markets for developing countries, especially those in Sub-Saharan Africa. Agricultural commodities from these regions must overcome problems ranging from lower productivity and product quality to higher per unit transportation costs, and lower capacity to manage product flow from suppliers to end-users (value chain management). The competitiveness of African commodities also is impeded by poor policy and institutional environments that result in high transaction costs. One factor reducing African agricultural commodity competitiveness for export is aflatoxin contamination. Aflatoxin lowers product quality and discounts export values, which may lead to significant economic losses for the countries and the agents in commodity value chains. Losses from rejected export shipments and lower prices due to poor quality may exceed 100% if the product is destroyed and the exporter is paying for the shipping. Negative impacts on human health and household include mortality, loss of productivity and reduced income due to lower productive capacity, and related health costs. In this context, the cost of complying with food safety and agricultural health standards has been a major source of concern in the international development community and for African economies, but without increased food quality, neither competitiveness nor more revenue from exports will result. We address the problem of access of African commodities to international markets by recommending an increase in public awareness of the costs and ill effects incurred due to mycotoxins, and the diffusion of aflatoxin control technology and related capacity building to improve food quality in Sub-Saharan Africa. We also recommend strengthening the capacity for conducting impact assessments and collecting the data needed to make optimal decisions amongst possible aflatoxin control measures.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 3) The EU MycoGlobe project: global integration of mycotoxin and toxigenic fungal research for enhanced food safety. Author(s): Visconti, A. Perrone, G.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 11) IITA's research-for-development agenda for Africa. Author(s): Blade, S.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 19) Priorities for mycotoxin research in Africa identified by using the nominal group discussion technique. Author(s): Ranajit Bandyopadhyay Leslie, J. F. Frederiksen, R. A.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 29) Mycotoxins: a global problem. Author(s): Marasas, W. F. O. Gelderblom, W. C. A. Shephard, G. S. Vismer, H. F.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 41) Modulation of the human immune system by aflatoxin. Author(s): Jolly, P. E. Yi JiAng Ellis, W. O. Jia ShengWang Afriyie-Gyawu, E. Phillips, T. D. Williams, J. H.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 53) Aflatoxin exposure and impaired child growth in West Africa: an unexplored international public health burden? Author(s): Gong YunYun Turner, P. C. Hall, A. J. Wild, C. P.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 77) European Union legislation on mycotoxins in food and feed: overview of the decision-making process and recent and future developments. Author(s): Verstraete, F.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 103) Mycotoxin contamination in foods in West and Central Africa. Author(s): Kpodo, K. A. Bankole, S. A.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 117) Mycotoxin contamination in food systems in Eastern and Southern Africa. Author(s): Siame, B. A. Nawa, I. N.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 127) The 2004 and 2005 aflatoxin tragedies in Kenya - a case study. Author(s): Okioma, M. N.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 133) Mycotoxin problems in nuts and dried fruits from the Mediterranean basin. Author(s): Özay, G. Ozer, H.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 139) Between emerging and historical problems: an overview of the main toxigenic fungi and mycotoxin concerns in Europe. Author(s): Logrieco, A. F. Moretti, A.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 155) The impact of mycotoxins in animal feeds. Author(s): Fink-Gremmels, J.
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 171) Overview of detection methods for mycotoxins. Author(s): Pascale, M. Visconti, A.
Chapter: 16 (Page no: 185) Mycotoxin concentration data quality: the role of sampling. Author(s): Miraglia, M. Santis, B. de Pannunzi, E. Debegnach, F. Brera, C.
Chapter: 17 (Page no: 195) Development of quantitative detection methods for Fusarium in cereals and their application. Author(s): Waalwijk, C. Vries, I. M. de Köhl, J. Xu XiuDe Lee, T. A. J. van der Kema, G. H. J.
Chapter: 18 (Page no: 209) Pre- and postharvest management of aflatoxin contamination in peanuts. Author(s): Waliyar, F. Kumar, P. L. Traoré, A. Ntare, B. R. Diarra, B. Kodio, O.
Chapter: 19 (Page no: 219) Pre- and postharvest management of aflatoxin in maize: an African perspective. Author(s): Hell, K. Fandohan, P. Ranajit Bandyopadhyay Kiewnick, S. Sikora, R. Cotty, P. J.
Chapter: 20 (Page no: 231) Management of ochratoxin A in the cocoa supply chain: a summary of work by the CAOBISCO/ECA/FCC working group on ochratoxin A. Author(s): Gilmour, M. Lindblom, M.
Chapter: 21 (Page no: 245) Prevention of ochratoxin A in grapes and wine. Author(s): Battilani, P.
Chapter: 22 (Page no: 257) Molecular approaches to development of resistance to preharvest aflatoxin contamination. Author(s): Deepak Bhatnagar Kanniah Rajasekaran Cary, J. W. Brown, R. Yu JiuJiang Cleveland, T. E.
Chapter: 23 (Page no: 277) Breeding maize for resistance to mycotoxins at IITA. Author(s): Menkir, A. Brown, R. L. Ranajit Bandyopadhyay Chen ZhiYuan Cleveland, T. E.
Chapter: 24 (Page no: 287) Etiology and management of aflatoxin contamination. Author(s): Cotty, P. J. Probst, C. Jaime-Garcia, R.
Chapter: 25 (Page no: 301) NovaSilTM clay for the management of dietary aflatoxins in human populations. Author(s): Afriyie-Gyawu, E. Williams, J. H. Huebner, H. J. Ankrah, N. A. Ofori-Adjei, D. Jolly, P. E. Wang JiaSheng Phillips, T. D.
Chapter: 26 (Page no: 309) Food processing to reduce mycotoxins in Africa. Author(s): Fandohan, P. Hell, K. Marasas, W. F. O.
Chapter: 27 (Page no: 317) Indoor airborne exposure to molds and mycotoxins. Author(s): Shelton, B. G. Leslie, J. F.
Chapter: 28 (Page no: 327) Are Ghanaians aware of the aflatoxin menace? Author(s): Awuah, R. T. Agyemang, K. O. Fialor, S. C. Jolly, C. M.
Chapter: 29 (Page no: 335) Institutional aspects of Sanitary and Phytosanitary issues in ECOWAS trade. Author(s): Hughes, J. d'A. Ranajit Bandyopadhyay Makinde, K. Olembo, S.
Chapter: 30 (Page no: 349) Institutional stakeholders in mycotoxin issues - past, present and future. Author(s): Williams, J. H.
Chapter: 31 (Page no: 359) Institutionalizing mycotoxin testing in Africa. Author(s): Waliyar, F. Siambi, M. Jones, R. Reddy, S. V. Chibonga, D. Kumar, P. L. Denloye, S.
Chapter: 32 (Page no: 369) Prevention strategies for trichothecenes and ochratoxin in cereals. Author(s): Magan, N. Olsen, M. Aldred, D.
Chapter: 33 (Page no: 387) FAO program on mycotoxin management. Author(s): Piñeiro, M.
Chapter: 34 (Page no: 403) Mycotoxin research in USAID's CRSP Programs. Author(s): Yohe, J. M. Williams, J. H.
Chapter: 35 (Page no: 413) CGIAR research-for-development program on mycotoxins. Author(s): Ortiz, R. Ban, T. Ranajit Bandyopadhyay Banziger, M. Bergvinson, D. Hell, K. James, B. Jeffers, D. Kumar, P. L. Menkir, A. Murakami, J. Nigam, S. N. Upadhyaya, H. D. Waliyar, F.