Kenya’s ugali scare as investigative documentary reveals aflatoxin contamination of maize products

  • 17th November 2019
  • by secretary
10 November 2019. The Kenyan NTV aired an explosive exposé dubbed ‘White Alert’. The exposé by NTV Investigations Desk on aflatoxin contamination of maize products has caused a wave of panic and concern in Kenya.

  • The ‘White Alert’ highlighted the dangerously high amounts of the fungi, which is known to cause various cancers, in Kenya’s staple food. 
  • The exposé came a day after Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) suspended licences of five maize millers over the sale of aflatoxin-contaminated flour.
  • In the 90-minute investigative documentary, a former Member of Parliament brought to light how former Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) Managing Director tried to stop poisonous maize from being released into the market.
  • The documentary benefited among others from the clarity of the exposé by IITA’s Charity Mutegi. 
See also: 
11/11. Daily Nation. WhiteAlert: All you need to know about aflatoxins

2019. Association of detection of aflatoxin in plasma of Kenyan women with increased detection of oncogenic HPV.

  • Women who ingest aflatoxin may be more likely to have persistent infections with oncogenic human papilloma virus (HPV) type. 
  • Only a small proportion of HPV-infected women develop cervical cancer and other cofactors may increase a woman’s risk of developing cervical cancer. 
  • Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women living in Africa. 
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