Mycotoxin Analysis

Mycotoxins are a heterogeneous class of fungal toxins that contaminate virtually all agricultural commodities. They play an important role in foodborne disease in humans and animals, with toxic effects as variable as their composition. Although it is difficult to prevent mycotoxin contamination in food and feed, it may be possible to reduce exposure through rigorous monitoring programs that require accurate and precise analytical methods. In addition to monitoring and surveying, analytical methods are needed to determine compliance with tolerances and guidelines and for research purposes. A great deal of research has been devoted to developing sensitive, specific, and accurate methods for quantifying mycotoxins in food and feed. The progress of such efforts can be seen in the numerous recent reviews on mycotoxin analysis (1-9) and in the General Referee Report on Mycotoxins that appeared in the January /February issues of the Journal of the Association of Official Analytical Chemists (AOAC) International (10-14). Several excellent reference books have been written on mycotoxin analysis (15,16).

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