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Mycotoxins in dried figs and dates

Final report of the priority action A-048-17

The aim of the focus action was to obtain an overview of the current contamination of dried figs and dates with aflatoxins and ochratoxin A. A total of 43 samples from all over Austria were examined. No sample was objected to. Aflatoxins and ochratoxin A are mold toxins (mycotoxins). They are among the strongest poisons and carcinogenic substances occurring in nature. Molds are common in nature (soil, rotting vegetation, hay, grain) and can infect plant products and food. Contamination of food with mold toxins is usually not visible to consumers.

Last updated: 18.07.2022

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