Welcome to the European Mycotoxin Awareness Network

The EMAN exists to provide high quality scientific information on mycotoxins, such as aflatoxins, ochratoxin A, trichothecenes (including deoxynivalenol or vomitoxin), fumonisins, zearalenone and ergot alkaloids, to industry, consumers, legislators and the scientific community.

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Foodline News Feed

Feasibility of detecting aflatoxin B1 in single maize kernels using hyperspectral imaging.
NIR hyperspectral imaging (HSI) was used in this study to detect aflatoxin B1 (AFB1), with an interactive method to remove bright line noise of the mercury cadmium telluride (MCT) detector, and principal component analysis (PCA) to examine typical pixels of AFB1 and important principal components. Results were improved when the kernels were placed with different germ orientation.

Mycotoxins Newsletter Archive

The latest newsletter, which includes a compilation of abstracts of peer-reviewed journal articles from the Foodline Science database of Leatherhead Food Research, is now available.

Mycotoxins News Updates

FSA workshop on climate change and food safety.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has announced that it will be holding a workshop to evaluate the possible impacts of climate change on food safety. The workshop will be held at the Hallam Conference Centre, London, on 2 December 2015. The impact of mycotoxins on food safety will also be addressed.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Source: Food Standards Agency
Strategy for reducing mycotoxin contamination in African crops.
newsday.co.zw discusses the problem of mycotoxins in staple foods in sub-Saharan Africa. There are concerns that people are consuming foods, such as maize, cassava, sorghum, yam, rice, groundnut and cashews, with high levels of aflatoxin contamination. The toxins are linked with suppressed immunity and liver cancer in adults, and stunting and impaired brain development in children. Poor farming practices and storage conditions are risk factors for mycotoxin contamination. The article reports on AflaSafe, a system developed by the African Agriculture Technology Foundation in partnership with the USDA Agriculture Research Service, which uses non-aflatoxin-producing strains of Aspergillus flavus to prevent toxin-producing strains from colonising crops.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Source: NewsDay
Aflatoxins in Indonesian nutmeg.
The Jakarta Globe reports that the European Union has banned imports of nutmeg from Indonesia, following the detection of unacceptable levels of an aflatoxin associated with liver failure. The nutmeg contained 200 ppb aflatoxin; the EU limit is 15 ppb.
Monday, November 2, 2015
Source: Jakarta Globe

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