EU – Entry into force of the new maximum limits for Ochratoxin A


In January 2023, the new maximum limits of ochratoxin A in certain foods approved in August by Commission Regulation (UE) 2022/1370 of August 5, 2022 will come into force, amending Regulation (EC) nº 1881 /2006 regarding the maximum content of ochratoxin A in certain food products .

Ochratoxin A is a mycotoxin produced naturally by fungi of the genera  Aspergillus  and  Penicillium  and is found as a contaminant in a wide variety of foods, such as cereals and cereal-based products, coffee beans, dried fruits, wine and grape juice, spices and licorice. Ochratoxin A is formed during drying in the sun and storage of crops. Formation can be avoided by applying good drying and storage practices.

Regulation (EC) nº1881/2006 already established the maximum content of ochratoxin A for certain foods. This new regulation:

Establish maximum limit of ochratoxin A for:

  • Nuts other than raisins.
  • Certain licorice products.
  • dry herbs
  • Certain ingredients for infusions.
  • Certain oleaginous seeds.
  • pistachios
  • Cocoa powder
  • Malt-based non-alcoholic drinks

Reduces the existing maximum limits of ochratoxin A for:

  • Bakery products.
  • raisins
  • roasted coffee
  • instant coffee

In addition, it extends to all species the provisions in force relating to ochratoxin A in certain species. 

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