Open Access Review Article

Fungus and the Threat of Mycotoxin Poisoning

Sharon H Murff*

Nursing-Graduate Nursing Program, Councilman Joe Shyne Endowed Professor for Nursing Practice, USA

Corresponding Author

Received Date: September 17, 2021;  Published Date: October 08, 2021


Fungi can be detrimental to humans and some animal species. Mycotoxins are byproducts of fungal contamination, occur naturally, and they have the potential to cause deleterious effects in humans and animals (World Health Organization [WHO], 2021). There are several groups of mycotoxins that are metabolites of molds and fungi. Certain mycotoxins are commonly found in cereals, wheat, corn, rice, some nuts (i. e. peanuts, almonds, walnuts, and pistachios), soybeans, and sunflower seeds. Spices such as chili peppers, black pepper, coriander, turmeric, and ginger have also been found to have Aspergillus contamination [1].

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