Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites of moulds, which already have toxic effects on vertebrates in the smallest quantities. Depending on specific substances and concentration, they are cancerogenic, mutagenic, teratogenic and immunosuppressive.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimates that roughly 25 percent of the world's food production contains mycotoxins.
The main source for mycotoxins entering the food chain are cereals, but many other food items such as fruits and nuts may be contaminated with mycotoxins as well. Out of the approximately 400 known species of mycotoxins, which belong to very different chemical compound classes, about 25 are counted as being relevant, due to their frequency in occurrence and their concentration.
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As the global leader for mycotoxin analysis, we offer to examine a large number of mycotoxins in a variety of food and feed including cereals, dried fruits, herbs and spices, and baby food.
Eurofins offers a wide variety of analysis of mycotoxins including:
- Aflatoxins B1/B2, G1/G2
- Aflatoxins M1
- Ochratoxin (OTA)
- Fumonisins (FB1/FB2)
- Deoxynivalenol (DON)
- Acetyldeoxinivalenol (3- and 15-)
- Fusarenon X
- T-2 + HT2 toxins
Eurofins offers state-of-the-art laboratory equipment for analytical testing. We are able to ensure the necessary detection of mycotoxins and aflatoxins in trace amounts, thanks to a high number of specific and partly selective extraction and purification methods (such as Immunoaffinity Chromatography) and selective measuring and detection technologies (such as HPCL-MS/MS). As some of these methods are partly automatised, we are able to offer short turnaround times to give you a quick assessment of your raw materials. For full details of our testing download our Mycotoxin Testing Flyer [PDF 698 Kb]
For more information about Eurofins food testing services please contact our sales team on 0845 604 6740 or make an enquiry.