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Mycotoxins

Mycotoxins or fungal toxins are substances produced by various species of molds that can grow in many types of foods under certain environmental conditions of temperature and humidity.

Mycotoxins are a significant health risk to humans and animals. The effects are diverse, and diseases related to immune system depression, allergies, and irritations can occur.

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Mycotoxins are natural toxins produced by some fungi (molds), which grow on various crops and foods, such as cereals and their derivatives, nuts, spices, dried fruits, apples, coffee beans, wine, grape juice, milk, and cocoa.

Their growth can occur before or after harvest or storage, usually in warm and humid environments.

Most mycotoxins are chemically stable, highly resistant to food processing, and possess high thermal stability. This means that once present, it is impossible to eliminate them.

Analyzing mycotoxins in food is essential to ensure the quality and safety of many food products. Increasingly, retailers and consumers are becoming aware of the risk of these toxins. Companies involved in food production, processing, and distribution must ensure that their products are free from agents harmful to human or animal health.

Mycotoxin Control

Mycotoxins occur throughout the food chain, from field crops to processed foods, feed, and raw or unprocessed foods.

Some unprocessed foods susceptible to mycotoxin contamination and contributing to mycotoxin exposure are cereals, oilseeds, fruits, vegetables, nuts, dried fruits, coffee beans, cocoa beans, and spices.

As for processed foods, because they are not destroyed during this stage, cereal-based products (bread, pasta, breakfast cereals, etc.), beverages (wine, coffee, cocoa, beer, juices), foods of animal origin (milk, cheese) and baby foods are essential sources of mycotoxin exposure.

Mycotoxin Affects

The presence of mycotoxins in food and feed can affect human and animal health as they can cause various adverse effects such as cancer induction and mutagenicity, estrogen metabolism, and gastrointestinal or kidney problems.

Some mycotoxins are also immunosuppressive, reducing resistance to infectious diseases. Some mycotoxins produce these toxicological effects through long-term exposure; others also have acute (mainly gastrointestinal) effects, such as deoxynivalenol.

Mycotoxins that can affect human health

(Aspergillus flavus y Aspergillus parasiticus)

  • Aflatoxina B1
  • Aflatoxina B2
  • Aflatoxina G1
  • Aflatoxina G2
  • Aflatoxina M1
  • Aflatoxina M2

(Género fusarium. Fusarim graminearum)

  • Zearalenona y sus metabolitos
  • Deoxinivalenol
  • Nivalenol
  • Toxinas T-2 y HT-2
  • Fumonisina 1 y Fumonisina 2

(Aspergillus ochraceus y Penicilum verricosum)

(Aspergillus, Penicilum y Monascus)

(alcaloides del cornezuelo del centeno-Claviceps purpurea)

(Penicilum, Aspergillus y Byssochylamys)

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