December 19, 2016

Pascale Carrabin, Mérieux NutriSciences France

France -Mycotoxins contamination of certain foodstuffs: anomaly rate 7%

Annual monitoring plan to verify the conformity of foodstuffs regard to their levels of mycotoxins
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Mycotoxins are substances produced by molds that contaminate plants before and / or after harvesting. These contaminants are found in a wide range of foodstuffs and can have an impact on human health.
For certain mycotoxins (patulin, aflatoxins, ochratoxin A, deoxynivalenol, zéaralénone,  fumonisins and citrinin, maximum levels have been established (Regulation EC 1881/2006).

The DGCCRF survey shows an anomaly rate higher than that of 2014 (3% in 2014).
Examples of sample high level of mycotoxins:

-Apple juice and apple sauce (patulin)
-Peanut paste, basmati rice (aflatoxins)
-Roasted coffee, muesli (ochratoxin A)
-Corn flour (deoxynivalenol)

Merieux NutriSciences offers a complete solution of scientific services to the food industry, in particular chemical food testing.

Source: Ministry of Economy and Finance / DGCCRF 

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