Conclusions

Portions of the populations in some West and Central African countries are consuming foods containing unacceptable levels of aflatoxins and other mycotoxins. Data on mycotoxin contamination of foods are lacking for some West African countries and most countries in Central Africa. Mycotoxin testing laboratories with trained personnel must be made available to initiate studies in these countries. Intensified mycotoxin surveillance and monitoring programs are needed in the remaining countries in both subregions. Finally, there is an urgent need for extensive mycotoxin awareness creation and education programs as well as the adoption of good agricultural practices inclusive of proper storage and handling of foods in countries of the two subregions.

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