New low-cost technology to detect aflatoxins launched in Malawi

The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), one of A4NH's partner Centers, recently announced a new technology that detects aflatoxins on location, can save lives, and can open export markets for African and Asian countries. The rapid test kit device is also affordable at under US$ 2. This exciting new advancement will be the first >> Read more

New study links poverty to heightened levels of aflatoxin exposure

Many of the foods people depend on most for their sustenance, especially in low and middle income countries, can carry a silent killer: aflatoxins. These naturally occurring fungal toxins contaminate food crops, such as maize, groundnuts, tree nuts, and a range of other produce, and unfortunately, are not always easily detectable. The health effects of aflatoxin >> Read more

Evidence on food safety made more accessible

Despite being preventable, foodborne disease is becoming more common- especially in developing countries- and unfortunately, this trend is likely to continue. A growing body of evidence indicates that ingesting contaminated food or drink not only causes gastrointestinal symptoms, but can also lead to chronic, life-threatening symptoms including neurological, gynecological, or immunological disorders, as well as >> Read more

ILRI releases evidence-review on antimicrobial resistance

A4NH's Flagship 2 leader, Delia Grace, veterinary epidemiologist and food safety expert at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), recently published a paper which aims to identify key evidence gaps in our knowledge of livestock- and fisheries-linked antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in the developing world, and to document on-going or planned research initiatives on this topic >> Read more