Mauritian sanitary authorities have destroyed several stocks of peanuts imported from Madagascar.
150 bags and 3 containers have been destroyed last weel and in March after analysis of the samples showed the presence of a harmful substance known as aflatoxin. The latter propagates in hot and humid temperatures in food grains and cereals.
Consumption of the toxin in huge amounts might lead to serious complications like jaundice, liver cancer and kidney problems.
The toxin can be destroyed by boiling it, or by heating the food that contains it.
Its presence in the peanut from Madagascar might be due to the conditions of transportation by ship. Furthermore, the food items might have been infected before being transported to Mauritius.