Rapid Determination of mycotoxins by LC-MS/MS
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Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites produced by several species of fungi and are considered one of the most important contaminants of agricultural commodities, both in the field and in storage. Agricultural products that may be affected include cereals, spices, dried fruits and various nuts. Although hundreds of mycotoxins are known, relatively few are considered to pose a significant health risk. Aflatoxins, in particular alfatoxin B1, are genotoxic and carcinogenic and may cause liver cancer in humans, whilst ochratoxin A and the trichothecenes HT-2 and T-2 can cause various toxic effects. Due to their potential toxicity at low levels to both humans and animals, monitoring and control of certain mycotoxins is important within the food industry.
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