Mycotoxins

Creative Diagnostics - Food & Feed Analysis

WHAT ARE MYCOTOXINS?

Mycotoxins are toxic metabolites produced by different types of fungus, belonging mainly to the Aspergillus, Penicillium and Fusarium genera. They commonly enter the food chain through contaminated food and feed crops, mainly cereals. The presence of mycotoxins in food and feed can lead to serious acute and chronic effects on the health of humans as well as animals. Mycotoxin analysis of food and feed is therefore necessary and often required by legislation.

WHY SHOULD YOU TEST FOR MYCOTOXINS?

The high toxicity and carcinogenicity of mycotoxins and their ability to incur various pathological symptoms generate the necessity of food and feed monitoring, which is associated with a demand for reliable analytical methods. Because the highest acceptable limits for the most important and dangerous mycotoxins are regulated by law, their determination in food and feed is important in analytical and official control laboratories. Food and feed analysis for mycotoxins is a multistage process composed of sampling, sample preparation, analyte isolation, detection, and quantitative analysis.

METHODS FOR MYCOTOXIN ANALYSIS

A variety of testing solutions exist for mycotoxin analysis in food and feed. These solutions range from rapid tests that are easy to conduct, to reference methodology tests that are more time consuming but yield more detailed results. Results obtained can be qualitative, semi-quantitative, or quantitative. HPLC, ELISA and Lateral flow test are primary methods available for mycotoxin analysis.

Who Should Test for Mycotoxins?

Mycotoxin testing needs to take place at every step in the food supply chain. All companies dealing with grain should be aware of mycotoxin risks and detection options. Affected industries include:
GRAIN HANDLING
GRAIN MILLING
ANIMAL FEED
PET FOOD

More information on specific mycotoxins

We offer conjugates, antibodies and test kits for all relevant mycotoxins. Please choose a specific mycotoxin to find out more about it:

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