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The EMAN exists to provide high quality scientific information on mycotoxins, such as aflatoxins, ochratoxin A, trichothecenes (including deoxynivalenol or vomitoxin), fumonisins, zearalenone and ergot alkaloids, to industry, consumers, legislators and the scientific community.

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Influence of pH and temperature on the production of polygalacturonases by Aspergillus fumigatus.
Polygalacturonases (PG) production by Aspergillus fumigatus LB-01-AP in a submerged process with different pectin and glucose concentrations and initial medium pH values was assessed. Higher activities of endo-polygalacturonases and exo-polygalacturonases were observed in medium without glucose and with 20 g/l of citrus pectin at initial pH of 4.0. The effects of temperature on enzyme activity were investigated, with 40 to 60 C being optimal for endo-PG, while highest activity for exo-PG was determined at 60 C. Crude experimental enzyme was exposed to different temperatures for up to 150 minutes, with about 70 of endo-PG activity being preserved at 50 C. Both polygalacturonases exhibited higher thermostability than that usually reported in the literature for enzymes produced by other species of the genus Aspergillus. Enzyme preparations were free from mycotoxins, indicating potential use in industrial applications.

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

Liquorice root recalled, owing to elevated levels of ochratoxin A.
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) reported on 22 May 2015 that Independent Irish Health Foods Ltd has recalled Licorice Root (50 g with best before dates between 19.01.17 and 22.05.2017), owing to elevated levels of ochratoxin A.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Source: Food Safety Authority of Ireland
Losses to Tanzanian economy due to mycotoxin contamination in cereals.
The Global Post reports that Tanzania has lost over USD332m, owing to the 'negative impacts' of aflatoxins in cereal crops. It points out that it would cost far less than this to reduce aflatoxin contamination.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Source: Global Post
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

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