Lagos, Nigeria – The President of Mycotoxicology Society of Nigeria, Dr. Olusegun Atanda, has called on the UN to set aside a day to be known as ‘Mycotoxins Day’ due to the danger posed by mycotoxins to food safety and public health.
“He said if the same global attention given to HIV/AIDS in terms of massive education, political support and wide spread sensitization are replicated on the toxins, there will be safer food and reduction from deaths associated with the disease. Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites produced by microfungi that are capable of causing disease and death in humans and other animals. He said while HIV/AIDS can kill rapidly, aflatoxins kill gradually over the years…Some of the effects of consuming aflatoxin-contaminated grains include stunted growth in children, liver disease, cancer, infertility and even death….He said there is also the need to build capacity among health practitioners, researchers and farmers, while laboratories for the testing of aflatoxins must also be equipped with state-of-the-art facilities.”
|If you would like to support that the United Nations designate a day to be known as “Mycotoxins Day” please contact the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice.
|27th United States Ambassador to the United Nations
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Subject Line: Ambassador Rice, Please encourage UN designation of Mycotoxins Day
Body of Email:
To the United States Ambassador to the United Nations
The Honorable Susan E. Rice
Permanent Mission to the United Nations
Honorable Ambassador Rice,
A request has been made by the President of Mycotoxicology Society of Nigeria, Dr. Olusegun Atanda, for the United Nations to set aside a day to be known as “Mycotoxins Day
“. This is due to the danger posed by mycotoxins to food safety and public health. Illness caused by mycotoxins is an increasing problem in the United States and worldwide. Public awareness and physician education is direly needed.
Please encourage the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to grant Dr Atanda’s request to designate a “Mycotoxins Day”. The United Nations taking the lead to raise awareness and education of this increasing health threat will help to save many lives.
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