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    Publisher Milling & Grain
    Year of publication 2019 May

    Medium Digital

    Cereal processes > Cereal and milling science


    food safety

    Scope & contentThe rapid surge of mycotoxins in commodities from the 2018 harvest is a growing concern for those who are storing grain or feeding livestock.

    Mycotoxins are a global threat to commodities. Currently, over four hundred mycotoxins have been isolated, with still more being identified. Their toxicity represents a serious threat to human and animal health and, because they remain chemically stable at high temperatures, the threat can be passed along the entire supply chain.

    The SGS Mycotoxin Monitoring Programme in Europe has served as a good risk mitigation tool for many customers. Using our early warnings, many companies avoid major issues related to contamination. Even before harvesting the corn crop in 2018, SGS highlighted potential issues in Russia and other select countries based on weather monitoring and preharvest testing.

    Prevention is the only practical option for businesses trying to keep their supply chains clear of mycotoxins because, once contaminated cargo is mixed with non-contaminated cargo, it cannot be separated. One infected kernel of corn in one kilogramme of grain can produce toxin levels which exceed permitted concentrations. A small amount of contaminated corn is sufficient to turn an entire Panamax shipment into an unsafe and unusable commodity…. Read more.


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