Field Survey Of Mycotoxin-Producing Fungi Contaminating Human Foodstuffs in Japan, With Epidemiological Background
Studies on mycotoxin-producing fungi contaminating foodstuffs have been carried out with the aim of disclosing the possible causative agents of human diseases, particularly of human cancer, in Japan. Several areas showing relatively high incidence of liver and stomach cancers were selected for this project, including one rural city in central Japan (Honshu district) and three towns or villages in southern Japan (Kyushu district). Nutritional and epidemiological investigations were also performed in addition to the collection of the foodstuffs in these areas. Final conclusions concerning this mycotoxin-epidemiological study have not yet been obtained but the mycological examination and some of the chemical assays for mycotoxins are nearly completed. The results of these studies will be presented here as the first report.
KeywordsChemical Assay Mycotoxin Contamination Penicillic Acid Aspergillus Versicolor Aspergillus Ochraceus
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