The importance of testing for Mycotoxins
Mycotoxins are toxic chemicals produced by fungi. Contamination can occur during growth; with imperfect storage conditions, such as high humidity and high temperatures; or as a result of contact with insects or rodents.
Mycotoxins that naturally occur in South Africa are Fumonisins. Aflatoxins are rare in South Africa but could be found in imported products. Deoxynivalenol (“DON”) is a mycotoxin primarily produced by Fusarium fungi, commonly found in Europe and occurring predominantly in cereal grains.