Tag: Mycotoxins

What will Brexit mean for food safety?

What will Brexit mean for food safety?

| July 6, 2016 | 1 Comment

On 23rd June the UK electorate decided, albeit narrowly, that it no longer wants to be part of the EU. To help voters make one of the most important democratic decisions they were ever likely to face, both remain and leave camps served up a selection of suppositions, arrogant and fanciful assertions, misleading statistics, half […]

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WHO report estimates global foodborne disease burden

WHO report estimates global foodborne disease burden

| December 8, 2015

The UN World Health Organisation (WHO) has published a new report containing its first global estimates of the incidence and health burden of foodborne diseases. The report identifies a disproportionate mortality rate in children less than five years of age. The report represents the outcome of a decade of work by an international team of […]

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Some commercial coffees found to contain high mycotoxin levels

Some commercial coffees found to contain high mycotoxin levels

| November 3, 2015

A study carried out at the University of Valencia in Spain has confirmed the presence of mycotoxins in samples of coffee on retail sale in supermarkets around the city. Five samples contained ochratoxin A at concentrations in excess of maximum permitted levels. The researchers used a technique called liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) to […]

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Global food contamination data published

Global food contamination data published

| July 9, 2015

According to new data released by the Fera (the UK’s reference laboratory for chemicals in foods) HorizonScan service, Pesticides (13.5%), Salmonella (11.1%) and mycotoxins (7.1%) were the most frequently reported food contaminants globally over the last quarter. However, taken as a category, it was microbial contaminants that accounted for the highest number of reports (approximately […]

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Agency publishes annual food incidents report

Agency publishes annual food incidents report

| June 8, 2015

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published its latest Annual Report of Food Incidents, providing details of all the food, feed and environmental contamination incidents it investigated and managed in 2014. The report reveals that the Agency was notified of 1,645 incidents during the year, a number similar to those seen in recent years. […]

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Survey highlights ochratoxin A risk in oat-based breakfast cereals

Survey highlights ochratoxin A risk in oat-based breakfast cereals

| March 10, 2015

Researchers from the University of Idaho in the USA have tested samples of various breakfast cereals on retail sale for the presence of the fungal toxin ochratoxin A (OTA) and found that some oat-based products contained undesirably high levels. The researchers analysed 489 samples of cereals made from corn, wheat, rice and oats using a […]

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Pasta recalled following mycotoxin detection

Pasta recalled following mycotoxin detection

| October 14, 2014

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has announced that a batch of Girolomoni Organic Penne Rigata Whole Emmer Wheat Pasta is being recalled because of the detection of of an elevated level of the mycotoxin ochratoxin A. The recalled pasta was sold in 500g packs labelled with a “best before” date of 25/06/16. The […]

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Agency publishes report of food incidents for 2013

Agency publishes report of food incidents for 2013

| July 2, 2014

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published its latest Annual Report of Food Incidents giving details of all the incidents of food and environmental contamination it investigated and managed in the UK in 2013. A total of 1,562 incidents are included in the report, only four of which were classified as ‘high’ level. This […]

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EFSA provides urgent advice on mycotoxins in maize

EFSA provides urgent advice on mycotoxins in maize

| May 27, 2014

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has delivered urgent scientific advice to the European Commission on the possible risk to public health resulting from a temporary increase in the permitted levels of three mycotoxins in maize and maize products. EFSA prepared a scientific statement for the Commission following a request from France for a temporary […]

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Fungal toxin risk in edible shellfish

Fungal toxin risk in edible shellfish

| September 15, 2013

Newly published findings from a team of French researchers raise the possibility of a health risk from mycotoxins in mussels and other shellfish when certain strains of Penicillium fungi are present in waters where they are harvested. The study, led by Professor Yves Francois Pouchus at the University of Nantes, set out to assess the […]

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