Fatal intoxication due to ackee (Blighia sapida) in Suriname and French Guyana. GC-MS detection and quantification of hypoglycin-A.

@article{Gaillard2011FatalID,
  title={Fatal intoxication due to ackee (Blighia sapida) in Suriname and French Guyana. GC-MS detection and quantification of hypoglycin-A.},
  author={Yvan Gaillard and J{\'e}r{\'e}mie Carlier and Marc Berscht and C{\'e}dric Mazoyer and Fabien B{\'e}valot and J{\'e}r{\^o}me Guitton and Laurent Fanton},
  journal={Forensic science international},
  year={2011},
  volume={206 1-3},
  pages={
          e103-7
        }
}
Between 1998 and 2001 the deaths of 16 Surinamese children were recorded along the Maroni River, which forms the border between Suriname and French Guyana. After a metabolic origin was eliminated, ethnobotanical research in the field led to a hypothesis of intoxication through the ingestion of ackee. Ackee (Blighia sapida) is a large green leafy tree of West African origin. Its unripe fruit contains large quantities of two toxic molecules: hypoglycin-A and hypoglycin-B, the former being the… CONTINUE READING

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