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5. Aflatoxin

"Aflatoxin is a mycotoxin that can occur in grains like corn. If corn is grown or stored in specific temperature and humidity ranges, a mold can grow in it. The mold then produces a toxin that stays in the kernels. Even if the mold goes away, the toxin itself may remain.

"Each year, there are outbreaks of aflatoxicosis associated with kibbled dog foods that contain corn. In this case, it's not because the pet food manufacturers are doing anything wrong. Rather, it's because these mycotoxins can be difficult to detect. And since they can occur sporadically in a batch of corn, they can still find their way into pet food, even if it's properly tested before it's used."

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