Aflatoxin Exposure In Grain Workers

luke-curtis
Aflatoxins are very carcinogenic (cancer causing) chemicals produced by several Aspergillus species. Aspergillus growth and mycotoxin contamination is common in poorly stored human and animal foodstuffs- especially corn and peanuts.

Abida Malik et al. Occupational exposure to Aspergillus and aflatoxins among grain-food workers in India. Int J Occup Environ Health 2014;20:189-93.

Agricultural workers are often exposed to significant levels of aflatoxins in the dust from grains and peanuts. An Indian study reported significant levels of aflatoxins in the lung fluids (bronchoaveolar lavage) of 33% of 44 food-grain workers and 2% of 46 controls. Detectable blood levels of alfatoxins were found in 25% of the food grain workers and in 9% of controls Chronic respiratory symptoms- such as cough, shortness of breath, and chest pain- were reported in 41% of the food-grain workers and 7% of the controls. 

Airborne exposure to aflatoxins in grain handlers can be reduced by better grain storage methods to prevent aflatoxin production, better grain handling techniques to reduce airborne dust, and use of masks to reduce airborne exposures.

 

{flike}
 

Related Articles and videos
{module Related Articles}

Share on facebook
Share on Facebook
Share on reddit
Share on Reddit
Share on email
Share via Email
Share on twitter
Share on Twitter

Leave a Reply

Recent Articles

Featured Sponsor

Watch Us

Follow Us

Doug's Books

Doug Kaufmann has written many books that cover a full range or health issues. Find out which of his books best suits you by clicking the button below.

The Kaufmann Diet

Doug Kaufmann developed his diet after years studying the clinical effects of pathogenic fungi on the body. Fungi and yeasts can become parasitic organisms on and inside our body, causing health problems that can be difficult to diagnose. Learn more about the Kaufmann Diet, change your life and know the cause.

The Science of Fungus

We encourage all visitors to this site to take some time and study these technical articles prior to initiating lifestyle changes, including dietary changes and to do so with their physician’s awareness and approval. The articles posted in this link are scientific and with few exceptions are taken from medical journals familiar to healthcare workers.

Our Healthy Recipes

Looking for help assembling antifungal Kaufmann Diet approved recipes for breakfast, lunch or dinner? We have several videos, books and recipe write ups here on Know the Cause that will help your health journey. The recipes in this section are so good, you’ll feel like you’re indulging. No sacrifice needed! Enjoy.

Sign-up for our newsletter and get the latest content from Know the Cause.