Mycotoxins are poisonous compounds made by various fungi (molds) as secondary metabolites. It is believed that one of their primary functions is to give mold a competitive advantage over other microorganisms. Mycotoxins can be produced wherever fungi growth conditions exist, for example, in grains preharvested in the field and postharvest storage. In either case, damage from insects, mishandling and environmental stress can enable the fungi to invade the grains’ seeds. The health effects of Mycotoxin exposure can include convulsions, gangrene, hallucinations, and death in both humans and animals.
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