, Volume 131, Issue 2, pp 121–126 | Cite as

Ochratoxin A and aflatoxins in breast milk samples from Sierra Leone

  • Felixtina E. Jonsyn
  • Sheila M. Maxwell
  • Ralph G. Hendrickse
Mycotoxi Coses And Mycotoxins


Breast milks from 113 mothers in two ‘Under-Five Clinics’ in the Southern Province of Sierra Leone, namely, Njala and Bo, were examined for their mycotoxin content. Only 10 were mycotoxin-free. Eighty-eight per cent of samples contained various aflatoxins and 35% contained ochratoxin A (OTA). Few samples (15%) had a single mycotoxin. Thirty-six (32%) had two mycotoxins and 50 (40%) had three or more. The occurrence of OTA in combination with various aflatoxins was recorded. It is concluded that infants in Sierra Leone are exposed to OTA and aflatoxins at levels which in some cases far exceed those permissible in animal feed in developed countries.

Key words

Aflatoxin Breast milk Ochratoxin A Sierra Leone 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Felixtina E. Jonsyn
    • 1
  • Sheila M. Maxwell
    • 2
  • Ralph G. Hendrickse
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesUniversity of Sierra Leone, Njala University CollegeSierra Leone
  2. 2.Liverpool John Moores UniversityLiverpoolUK
  3. 3.University of LiverpoolLiverpoolUK

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