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This is an interesting report on the health risks of mold, health effects of molds and mycotoxins by the U.S. government agency, the cpscConsumer Product Safety Commission.” The report is very detailed and goes over the questions of the toxic dangers of household products that are contaminated by mold which is a big issue with people who have become ill from exposure. It was kindly brought to my attention by a fellow moldy in our Facebook group.

The report states, “Consumer exposure to mold on a product may be more frequent and direct than exposures that might occur in a building setting, making remediation even more important for products with mold contamination. Therefore, this contract was initiated for staff to gain a better understanding of these hazards and the new information that has been developed over the past several years on mold characteristics and toxicity.

Health effects associated with these different molds in humans include: allergic reactions, sensitization, asthma, neurotoxicity, sinusitis, otomycosis, onychomycosis, keratitis, respiratory infections, skin infections, and systemic infections.

Determining which mycotoxins are produced by which genus is difficult. This reflects differences in toxin production by different strains or species within a genus and data gaps, or the tendency of review articles to focus on primary toxins and classes of toxins, rather than identifying each toxin (or each major toxin) produced by a genus. Health effects associated with mycotoxins in humans include: hepatic toxicity, cancers (liver, esophageal, lymphoma, skin, and gastric), nephrotoxicity, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, immunosuppression, and nasal irritation.

You an read the full report in the PDF below.

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