Mycotoxin sampling tool

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Mycotoxin sampling tool


FAO's glossary of terms describes mycotoxins" as toxic secondary metabolites of fungi belonging, essentially, to the Aspergillus, Penicillium and Fusarium genera. These naturally occurring chemical compounds can be produced on a wide range of agricultural commodities and under a diverse range of situations worldwide."

Mycotoxins pose threats to health of humans and livestock since they are known to be carcinogenic and are also held responsible for a number of disorders. In spite of efforts at prevention, they are considered to be a problem and many countries have regulations for their limits in food. 

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Aflatoxin is a mycotoxin which is produced by Aspergillus. As per the Food Safety and Standards (Contaminants, Toxins and Residues ) Regulations, 2011 limits in India have been set for Aflatoxin @ 30 ppb (microgram /kg) for all articles of food and at 0.5 ppb for Aflatoxin M1 in milk. (microgram per kg).

Considering the importance of mycotoxins, a link to a web based sampling tool for estimation of mycotoxins has been given on FAO's website at

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