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mdpi 26 Jul 2021

Marine Drugs, Vol. 19, Pages 417: Neuroprotective Effect of Cyclo-(L-Pro-L-Phe) Isolated from the Jellyfish-Derived Fungus Aspergillus flavus

Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR) expression has been implicated in pathological states such as cancer, inflammation, diabetes, and neurodegeneration. We isolated natural PPAR agonists—eight 2,5-diketopiperazines—from the jellyfish-derived fungus Aspergillus flavus .

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chronicle 26 Jul 2021

SeedCo helps farmers manage post-harvest losses

Business Reporter. FARMERS must safeguard and secure their harvest against deterioration and spoilage if they are to minimise post-harvest losses, SeedCo’s head of agronomy, Mrs Wendy Madzura advised. Speaking at a virtual symposium organised by the company last Friday, Mrs Madzura revealed that....

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businessdailyafrica 26 Jul 2021

Editorials EDITORIAL: Unfit maize saga a shame

The State released Sh100 million maize stocks that the Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) condemned as unfit for human use, exposing consumers to cancer on unacceptable levels of aflatoxin. It is baffling how government agencies can disagree on something as crucial as human food and health that leave....

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herald 26 Jul 2021

SeedCo helps farmers manage losses

Business Reporter. Farmers must safeguard and secure their harvest against deterioration and spoilage if they are to minimise post-harvest losses, SeedCo’s head of agronomy, Mrs Wendy Madzura advised. Speaking at a virtual symposium organised by Seed Co last Friday, Mrs Madzura said that farmers....

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copenhagenconsensus 24 Jul 2021

Technical Report Malawi Priorities: Agriculture: Exports Key Messages Although the majority of Malawi’s economy depends on agriculture, there are limited crops that are currently suitable for export to neighboring countries. Two barriers preventing the... Read more

Context. Agriculture is the backbone of Malawi’s economy; it accounts for almost 80 percent of employment, and 80 percent of the country’s total exports (World Bank, 2020). However, Malawi remains highly reliant on tobacco and has been slow to diversify into other crops.

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tuko 24 Jul 2021

Gov't Released 51, 640 Bags of Toxic Maize to Kenyans, Agriculture PS Hamadi Boga Say...

Saturday, July 24, 2021 at 1:46 PM by Naomi Wandede Hamadi Boga told the Public Accounts Committee that the Ministry of Health ascertained 176,265 bags of maize unfit for human consumption; Out of the 176,265 bags of maize, 51,640 were released to Kenyans for consumption on May 3, 2019; Boga said....

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mdpi 23 Jul 2021

Toxins, Vol. 13, Pages 516: Co-Occurrence of 35 Mycotoxins: A Seven-Year Survey of Corn Grain and Corn Silage in the United States

Mycotoxins contaminate crops worldwide and play a role in animal health and performance. Multiple mycotoxins may co-occur which may increase the impact on the animal. To assess the multiple mycotoxin profile of corn ( Zea mays ), we conducted a 7-year survey of new crop corn grain and silage in the United States.

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mdpi 23 Jul 2021

IJMS, Vol. 22, Pages 7878: Current Approaches for Advancement in Understanding the Molecular Mechanisms of Mycotoxin Biosynthesis

Filamentous fungi are able to synthesise a remarkable range of secondary metabolites, which play various key roles in the interaction between fungi and the rest of the biosphere, determining their ecological fitness. Many of them can have a beneficial activity to be exploited, as well as negative....

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kswfoodmicro 23 Jul 2021

RASFF Alert – Aflatoxin – Organic Groundnut Kernels – Roasted and Salted Pistachios

. Aflatoxins in organic groundnut kernels from Nicaragua in the Netherlands. Aflatoxin B1 (53±13 µg/kg) and sum of aflatoxin (60±15 µg/kg) in pistachios in shell salted and roasted imported from Ukraine, raw material – Iran in Poland.

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kswfoodmicro 23 Jul 2021

RASFF Alert – Ochratoxin A – Date Syrup

Exceedance of maximum limits for ochratoxin A in date syrup from the Netherlands in Austria, Finland, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands.

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kenyamoja 23 Jul 2021

Kenyans.co.ke: Government Sold Poisonous Maize to Kenyans

Kenyans consumed maize contaminated with the deadly aflatoxin fungi, according to Agriculture Principal Secretary Hamadi Boga. Members of the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) were told by the PS that the Ministry of Health established that 90-kilogram bags of maize were contaminated and of these, there were 176,265 in total.

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ipsinternational-sw 23 Jul 2021

Rwandan Farmers Pin Hopes on New Tech to Tackle Food Losses

To boost resilience and reduce post-harvest losses, the government and different development partners have supported thousands of farmers facing several barriers, ranging from a lack of knowledge to poor market access. The initiatives include innovative solutions in post-harvest handling to improve food security in this East African country.

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businessdailyafrica 22 Jul 2021

Economy Sh300m maize declared as unfit sold to consumers

The government sold a quarter of maize stocks worth Sh342.3 million that had been condemned as unfit for human consumption, exposing consumers to cancer. Parliament heard that the State released 51,640 bags worth Sh100.48 million or 30.3 percent of the total unfit stock of 176,225 bags.

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mdpi 22 Jul 2021

Toxins, Vol. 13, Pages 513: Mycotoxin Profile and Phylogeny of Pathogenic Alternaria Species Isolated from Symptomatic Tomato Plants in Lebanon

The tomato is one of the most consumed agri-food products in Lebanon. Several fungal pathogens, including Alternaria species, can infect tomato plants during the whole growing cycle. Alternaria infections cause severe production and economic losses in field and during storage.

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mdpi 22 Jul 2021

Toxins, Vol. 13, Pages 512: Deoxynivalenol (Vomitoxin)-Induced Anorexia Is Induced by the Release of Intestinal Hormones in Mice

Deoxynivalenol (DON), also known as vomitoxin, is a mycotoxin that can cause antifeeding and vomiting in animals. However, the mechanism of DON inducing anorexia is complicated. Studies have shown that intestinal hormones play a significant part in the anorexia caused by DON.

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express 22 Jul 2021

Cat food recall update after ‘toxins’ found in ‘number of samples’ after disease outbreak

“This is not due to the identification of further safety concerns, but is a voluntary action by the manufacturer to make things easier for consumers to understand which products have been affected.” At the time, A Government spokesperson said: “There is no definitive evidence to confirm a link at this stage.

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pubs-acs-jafcau 22 Jul 2021

[ASAP] Design and Discovery of Novel Antifungal Quinoline Derivatives with Acylhydrazide as a Promising Pharmacophore

A vast no. of plant pathogens from viroids of a few hundred nucleotides to higher plants cause diseases in our crops. Their effects range from mild symptoms to catastrophes in which large areas planted to food crops are destroyed. Catastrophic plant disease exacerbates the current deficit of food....

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farmindustrynews 21 Jul 2021

Fall armyworms on the march across Texas

“I spent all of Friday taking calls on armyworms. The entire day,” she said. “So, it is an issue. I’m hearing from Central to North Texas mostly and have not heard from anyone in West to South Texas. But with most of the state out of drought and temperatures where they are, it’s hard to imagine they are not everywhere.

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dailymonitor 21 Jul 2021

Mpuuga scoffs at government over ban on relief food distribution

The Leader of Opposition in Parliament (LoP), Mr Mathias Mpuuga, has condemned the move by government to ban distribution of food to vulnerable people during the lockdown. Mpuuga said it is unbecoming that government through security agencies is barring ‘good Samaritans’ from giving food to starving....

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farmindustrynews 21 Jul 2021

New publication discusses using stressed corn as swine feed

Corn is a major ingredient in swine diets — ranging from 70% to 88% on a weight basis — which makes corn the primary energy source for most swine rations. The quality of the corn in these rations can impact animal performance and other management considerations.

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foodprocessing 21 Jul 2021

Pet food could be linked to dog deaths in Victoria

, the Statutory Authority responsible for regulating pet food in Victoria, is investigating a cluster of dog deaths in Victoria. There are numerous lines of enquiry underway, with collaboration between PrimeSafe, Agriculture Victoria , pet food processors, key distributors, veterinarians and the Pet Food Industry Association of Australia.

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allafrica 20 Jul 2021

Uganda: Security Bans Food Distribution to Vulnerable Groups

Security agencies have banned the distribution of food to vulnerable people during the lockdown on grounds of contravening standard operating procedures (SoPs) and quality of handouts. In a joint security press conference yesterday, police spokesman Fred Enanga said the acts are likely to lead to the spread of coronavirus.

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taipeitimes 20 Jul 2021

Shipment of plastic lunchboxes seized at border by FDA

A shipment of plastic lunchbox sets was seized at the border because they failed an evaporation residue test, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said yesterday. The shipment of 50 Kakao Friends lunchbox sets from China was seized after plastic chopsticks and spoons in the sets were found to....

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tuko 20 Jul 2021

Unga Prices Rise as Maize Supplies Dwindle, 2kg Packet Now Sells at over KSh 100

Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at 6:38 PM by Jackson Otukho As of May 2021, a two-kilogramme packet of maize flour was averagely retaining at KSh 90, but in July, the price had risen to above KSh 100; The increase in maize flour prices was attributed to a decline in the supply of quality maize in the....

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independent-UG 20 Jul 2021

NUP condemns police ban on distribution of food relief

NUP President Robert Kyagulanyi has criticized the government and police for the ban on food relief distribution to the vulnerable people. File Photo. Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The National Unity Platform-NUP has condemned the police ban on distribution of food to vulnerable people during the lockdown.

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plymouthherald 20 Jul 2021

Toxin discovered in pet food linked to mystery fatal cat illness

The Food Standards Agency reported that naturally occurring mycotoxins have been discovered in samples of cat food recalled as a precaution after a rise in cases of pancytopenia. The disease is caused by low white and red blood cell counts. Symptoms include anaemia, bleeding, clotting, sepsis, blood cancer, bone cancer and immune system disorders.

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kswfoodmicro 20 Jul 2021

Luxembourg – RECALL: NIK BRAND ROASTED WATERMELON SEEDS AFLATOXIN CONTENT TOO HIGH

Danger : Aflatoxin content too high. Aflatoxins are mycotoxins produced by certain species of Aspergillus molds that develop when the temperature and humidity of the food is high. Aflatoxins are considered genotoxic and carcinogenic by the European Food Safety Authority and can be dangerous with high and repeated consumption.

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apanews-en 20 Jul 2021

New report says 40 percent of food in Rwanda is wasted

The “Food Smart Country Diagnostic” report released by the bank at a selection of three crops which are widely consumed in the country. They are tomatoes, rice and maize. Losses and waste are said to occur at different locations along the value chain between the three commodities selected.

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focustaiwan 20 Jul 2021

FDA seizes imported lunch box sets after failing residue test

Taipei, July 20 (CNA) A shipment of plastic lunch box sets were recently seized at Taiwan's border because they failed to pass a required evaporation residue test, Taiwan's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Tuesday. According to the FDA, a shipment of 50 sets of the "Kakao Friends Ryan Picnic....

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jamiiforums 20 Jul 2021

Uganda: Watu binafsi wazuiwa kugawa chakula kwa masikini

Polisi wamezuia watu kugawa chakula kwa wasiojiweza kipindi hiki cha ‘Lockdown’ kwa kuwa wanakiuka miongozo ya Afya ya Kudhibiti maambukizi ya #COVID19 Wanaotaka kugawa chakula wametakiwa kuwasilisha kwa viongozi wa mkoa ambao watagawa kwa wasiojiweza.

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dailymonitor 20 Jul 2021

Security bans food distribution to vulnerable groups

Residents of Mityana Municipality receive food items courtesy of their area MP, Francis Zaake over the weekend. PHOTO | COURTESY Summary. Cash option. In this lockdown, the government opted to send money to vulnerable people through mobile money. Only 501,107 people are supposed to receive Shs102, 425 each.

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foreignaffairs-nz 19 Jul 2021

MIL-OSI Asia-Pac: Harmful Substances in Food (Amendment) Regulation 2021 to commence in phases in...

Source: Hong Kong Government special administrative region. Harmful Substances in Food (Amendment) Regulation 2021 to commence in phases in 2023 Harmful Substances in Food (Amendment) Regulation 2021 to commence in phases in 2023 ​A Government spokesman said today (July 19) that the Harmful....

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wired-gov 19 Jul 2021

Food Standards Agency | Official News Release | Update from the Food Standards Agency and Food Standards Scotland following the rise in cases of feline pancytopenia

This update follows on from our previous publication (01 July 2021) on advice to cat owners following the rise in cases of feline pancytopenia. The presence of mycotoxins has been identified in a small number of samples of the recalled cat food tested to date. Mycotoxins are naturally occurring toxins produced by certain moulds.

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farmindustrynews 19 Jul 2021

Aflatoxin costs peanut industry millions annually

Aflatoxin takes as much as $126 million out of the U.S. peanut industry each year and may be responsible for significant losses even in years with low aflatoxin contamination rates. “Aflatoxin in U.S. peanuts is a major economic problem,” says USDA National Peanut Laboratory Research Lead Marshall Lamb.

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outlookindia 19 Jul 2021

The Vaidyan’s Vial: Stirring A Mix Of The Old And New

Ayurveda is in a strange state of evolutionif we manage to see it with a sense of historical distance. Seen up close, of course, it’s not a ‘state’ but a process that’s unfolding before us. One can think of this evolution as an unnatural turn because it’s not an organic process driven by internal....

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