Czech authorities seize toxic Turkish figs

Czech authorities seized more than 19 metric tons of Turkish figs after the shipment was found to be contaminated with toxic substances, an official said Monday, Tests performed on the figs last week showed they were contaminated with aflatoxins, carcinogenic substances produced by some molds, said Zdenek Malek, spokesman for the Prague customs authority. He said that the amount of aflatoxins in the figs was eight times more than permitted levels. Aflatoxins are associated with liver cancer in humans.