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Mycotoxins

Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites derived from mold and have a toxic potential for humans and animals. For this reason, mycotoxins are only permitted up to a legally stipulated maximum level in food and feed.

Mycotoxins can enter food or feed via various routes. On the one hand, they can be formed on the still growing crop in the field (for example, ergot), or they can also be formed in stored vegetable products.

Another way in which the mycotoxins enter the food chain is by transfer from the feed, through the livestock, to the animal end products, such as milk, eggs or meat.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimates that 25% of all foods are contaminated with mycotoxin-producing fungi.

Biolytix routinely studies the following mycotoxins using ELISA:

  • Deoxynivalenol (DON)
  • zearalenone
  • Fumonisin (B1, B2, B3)
  • Ochratoxin A
  • Aflatoxins (B1, B2, G1 and G2)

In cooperation with partner laboratories, we also offer analysis for further mycotoxins and investigations by HPLC and LC-MS-MS.

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