Category Archives: Ochratoxin

RASFF Alerts – Ochratoxin A -Dried Figs

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ochratoxin A (124.5 µg/kg – ppb) in dried figs from Turkey in Germany

Research – 5 warning signs of mycotoxin contamination in feed

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Farmers are being warned to keep their eyes peeled for signs of contamination in feed after sampling has shown high mycotoxin risk levels.

UK-wide sampling carried out by Alltech has shown that 46% of total mixed rations (TMR) produced in spring-summer have a moderate to high mycotoxin risk.

“The most common types of mycotoxin found were the Type A Trichothecenes and the Penicilliums,” explains Bob Kendal, North England ruminant manager at Alltech.

“Penicilliums are found in silages and are of particular concern for ruminants. The mould starts life white in colour before developing a blue/grey/green colour and, as the name suggests, can have an antibiotic effect on rumen bacteria.

“This manifests itself as acidosis-like symptoms, dung consistency and sudden drops in milk.

“Type A Trichothecenes includes T-2 toxin which can have a serious effect on the gut of the cow and reduce intakes and performance.”

Research – Climate Change and Food Poisoning

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Fungal toxins known as mycotoxins, including some thought lost to history, are claiming new territory as the Earth warms.

RASFF Alert – Ochratoxin A – Sweet Paprika

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ochratoxin A (36.2 µg/kg – ppb) in sweet paprika from Hungary in Italy

RASFF Alert – Ochratoxin A – Basmati Rice

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ochratoxin A (6.23 µg/kg – ppb) in basmati rice from India, via the Netherlands in Germany

Hong Kong – Mycotoxins in Spices

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Food Safety Focus (155th Issue, June 2019) – Food Safety Platform

Mycotoxins in Spices

Reported by Ms. Janny MA, Scientific Officer
Risk Assessment Section, Centre for Food Safety

In the last two issues, we touched on several mycotoxins in food that present a health concern in humans, including aflatoxins in tree nuts and oil seeds, deoxynivalenol in cereals as well as patulin in apple juices.  This time, we will focus on the contamination of mycotoxins in some other food ingredients that are often used in small quantities but can enhance flavours of our food – spices.

RASFF Alert – Ochratoxin A – Date Syrup

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ochratoxin A (27.9 µg/kg – ppb) in date syrup from Sweden, via the Netherlands in Germany

RASFF Alert – Ochratoxin A – Figs

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ochratoxin A (28 µg/kg – ppb) in figs from Turkey in the Netherlands

RASFF Alert – Ochratoxin A – Raisins

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ochratoxin A (44.93 µg/kg – ppb) in raisins from Slovakia in Hungary

RASFF Alert – Ochratoxin A – Raisins

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RASFF – ochratoxin A (40.5 µg/kg – ppb) in raisins from Turkey in Switzerland