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AFLATOXINS

| February 1, 2013

What are aflatoxins? The aflatoxins are a group of chemically similar toxic fungal metabolites (mycotoxins) produced by certain moulds of the genus Aspergillus growing on a number of raw food commodities. Aflatoxins are highly toxic compounds and can cause both acute and chronic toxicity in humans and many other animals. Their importance was first established […]

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PATULIN

| January 30, 2013

What is patulin? Patulin is a toxic fungal metabolite (mycotoxin) produced by certain moulds of the genera Penicillium, Aspergillus and Byssochlamys growing on various food commodities, especially fruit. Patulin exhibits a number of toxic effects in animals and its presence in food is undesirable. Chemically, patulin is a polyketide lactone. It is a relatively small […]

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OCHRATOXINS

| January 30, 2013

What are ochratoxins? Ochratoxins are a small group of chemically related toxic fungal metabolites (mycotoxins) produced by certain moulds of the genera Aspergillus and Penicillium growing on a wide range of raw food commodities. Some ochratoxins are potent toxins and their presence in food is undesirable. The ochratoxins are pentaketides made up of dihydro-isocoumarin linked […]

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