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Fates of deoxynivalenol and deoxynivalenol-3-glucoside during bread and noodle processing.
Deoxynivalenol (DON) is a mycotoxin produced by Fusarium spp. In grains and cereals. The fates of DON and deoxynivalenol-3-glucoside (D3G) during the manufacture of bread and noodles were investigated. DON levels in baked bread were almost double those in flour, whereas D3G levels in baked bread were significantly lower, which were attributed to the fermentation process. DON increased during bread production while D3G decreased, whereas DON and D3G concentrations in noodles decreased after cooking, owing to leaching of the mycotoxins into the cooking water. Retention of DON and D3G from flour to cooked Asian noodles was almost 50 and 20 , respectively, of the original levels.

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

Thousands of dog deaths attributed to Beneful dog food.
globalanimal.org (28.2.2015) reports that Purina is being sued for causing the deaths of 4,000 dogs. The deaths have been attributed to mycotoxin contamination in Beneful, which has caused dogs to suffer hair loss, vomiting, liver failure and death.
Monday, March 2, 2015
Source: globalanimal.org
Study shows high levels of ochratoxin in oat products.
The Times of India refers to a study at the University of Idaho, which concluded that all major cereal grains contain ochratoxin A (OTA), a mycotoxin linked to kidney cancer in animal studies. The highest incidence of OTA was found in oat-based breakfast cereals.
Friday, February 27, 2015
Source: Times of India
Is it safe to eat mouldy food?
The BBC News Magazine discusses when it is safe to eat foods that have gone mouldy. It proposes that mould can be cut of dry cheeses, such as Cheddar and Pamesan, but mouldy soft cheese should not be eaten; mould may be scraped off jam; and mouldy nuts should be avoided because of the risk of Aspergillus flavus contamination.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Source: BBC News

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