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10 facts on children's environmental health

Maize
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Many children in Africa and Asia are exposed to aflatoxins in foods.

Aflatoxins are toxic compounds produced by fungi that contaminate food. Maize and groundnuts are major sources of exposure. Acute poisoning from aflatoxins can be life-threatening. Over the long-term, children with chronic aflatoxin exposure may become stunted, underweight, and more susceptible to infectious diseases in childhood and later life.

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