Category Archives: Ergot

RASFF Alerts – Animal Feed – Ergot Alkaloids – Triticale


Ergot (Claviceps purpurea) in triticale from France in Belgium and Poland

RASFF Alert – Mycotoxin – Ergot Alkaloids – Rye Flour


Ergot alkaloids in wholemeal rye flour from Spain in Andorra

Catalonia – Alert due to the presence of alkaloids from rye bathed in whole rye flour from Spain – Mycotoxin


wholemeal rye flour alerted

The Public Health Agency of Catalonia announces that in Catalonia the product “whole rye flour” is being withdrawn from the market due to the presence of soaked rye alkaloids.

The product involved is:

  • Product name (on the label): INTEGRAL RYE FLOUR
  • Trademark: BIOGRA
  • Appearance, weight and packaging: 500gr plastic bag packaging
  • Lot number: 21-005
  • Best before date: 30/05/2023
  • Storage temperature: room temperature

The initial distribution has been in the autonomous communities of Catalonia, the Valencian Community, Castilla-La Mancha, the Balearic Islands, Galicia, Andalusia, the Canary Islands, Castile and Leon, the Community of Madrid, La Rioja and the Basque Country, although it cannot be ruled out that there may be redistributions to other autonomous communities.

This information has been transferred to the competent authorities of the autonomous communities through the Coordinated Rapid Information Exchange System (SCIRI), in order to verify the withdrawal of the affected products from the marketing channels.

People who have products affected by this alert at home are advised to refrain from consuming them.

If you have consumed any of the products from the affected batches and present any symptoms compatible with ergotism (hallucinations, convulsions, numbness, tingling, pain, cyanosis, absence of dust and intense and sudden cold in the extremities that may go followed by acute burning, abdominal pain) it is recommended to go to a health center.

RASFF Alert- Animal Feed – Mycotoxin – Ergot Alkaloids – Rye Feed


Ergot (Claviceps purpurea) in rye (feed) from Poland in Germany

RASFF Alert – Animal Feed – Ergot – Mould – Mycotoxin – Rye Feed


Ergot (Claviceps purpurea) in rye (feed) from Poland in Germany

Czech Republic – PRE-MEASURED rye flour – dark BREAD – Ergot Alkaloids


Illustrative photo #1

Place of inspection:
Předměřice nad Labem ( Průmyslova 107, 50302 Předměřice nad Labem )
ID: 49814869
Food group: Milled cereal products Flour and semolina

PRE-MEASURED rye flour – dark BREAD
Category: Dangerous foods
Invalid parameter:

sum of ergot alkaloids

The maximum permitted limit for the content of contaminating substances – ergot alkaloids was exceeded in the flour.

Ergot alkaloids are produced by the fungus Claviceps purpurea and cause poisoning (ergotism).

Batch: 061022
Best before date: 07/06/2023
Packaging: PAP bag with print
Quantity of the product in the package: kg
Producer: Mlýny J.Voženílek, spol.s ro, Průmyslova 107, Předměřice nad Labem 50302
Country of origin:  Czechia
Date of sample collection: 8/11/2022
Reference number: 23-000045-SZPI-CZ

Research – From Aflatoxin to Zearalenone: Mycotoxins You Should Know – Deoxynivalenol (DON)


Mycotoxins are substances produced by fungi that infect grain crops like maize and small grains and cause ear and kernel rots. Exposure to mycotoxins can lead to chronic or acute toxicity in humans and animals. In addition, mycotoxins can lead to market losses, discounts, rejection of grain lots at elevators, and a reduction in livestock efficiency and productivity.

The most economically important mycotoxins include aflatoxins (AF), deoxynivalenol (DON, also known as vomitoxin), fumonisins (FUM), zearalenone (ZEA), ochratoxin A (OTA), T2, HT-2, ergot alkaloids, and patulin (PAT). The fungal species that produce mycotoxins have worldwide distribution; therefore, mycotoxin contamination occurs everywhere grain crops are grown. Accordingly, mycotoxins have been detected in feed, silage, food, and beverages derived from cereal grains and animal products exposed to contaminated feed.

France – SEMI-WHEAT FLOUR T110 – Mycotoxin – Ergot Aklaloids

Gov france

Identification information of the recalled product

  • Product category Feed
  • Product subcategory Cereals and baked goods
  • Product brand name MILL OF MONKS
  • Model names or references 25KG
  • Identification of products
    GTIN Batch Date
    3347431085334 210922 Date of minimum durability 30/04/2023
  • Marketing start/end date From 22/09/2022 to 29/09/2022
  • Storage temperature Product to be stored at room temperature
  • Geographic area of ​​sale Whole France
  • Distributors ORGANIC retail stores

Practical information regarding the recall

  • Reason for recall Presence of ergot alkaloid above the MRL
  • Risks incurred by the consumer Other chemical contaminants

RASFF Alert- Mycotoxins – Ergot Alkaloids – Rye Flour


Ergot alkaloids in rye flour from Belgium in the Netherlands

RASFF Alert – Mycotoxin – Ergot Alkaloids – Barley Flour


Ergot alkaloids in barley flour from the Netherlands in Belgium