Mycotoxin Testing Service

Mycotoxins are low-molecular weight, chemically diverse toxins that are produced naturally by moulds found contaminating crop plants and fruit.

They can cause a wide range of acute and chronic effects, for example Aflatoxin B1 is the most potent natural carcinogen known to man and Ochratoxin A causes damage to the liver, kidneys and immune system.

EU legislation provides maximum levels for the following mycotoxins in both foods and feedstuffs:

  • Aflatoxins (B1, B2, G1, G2 and M1)
  • Ochratoxin A
  • Patulin
  • Zearalenone
  • Fumonisins
  • Trichothecenes (T-2 toxin, HT-2 toxin and Deoxynivalenol (DON or Vomitoxin)).


Due to its toxicity, specific legislation also limits the presence of Aflatoxin B1 in animal feed. Other mycotoxins are also monitored as detailed in the European Commission Recommendation 2006/576/EC. Within this document, producers, shippers, millers and storage facilities are advised to monitor mycotoxins in cereals, maize, complementary and complete feeding stuffs intended for cows, pigs, lambs and poultry. Although not governed by legislation, conformance to feed safety is paramount for the health and fertility of livestock.

Mycotoxin contamination in food and feed is acknowledged as a worldwide problem. An estimate from the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN, FAO ( concludes that up to 25% of food produced in the world is contaminated with mycotoxins.

Types of Products Potentially Affected by Mycotoxins

  • Biscuits
  • Bread (Brown/White)
  • Cocoa/Chocolate
  • Dried Fruits and Produce
  • Maize and Maize Products
  • Nuts (Brazil, Cashew, Peanut, Pecan, Pistachio, Walnut)
  • Rice
  • Spices
  • Wheat Based Breakfast Cereals
  • Wheat Based Snacks
  • Wine
  • Cereals Used in Feeds
  • Grain/Malt/Wheat used in Feeds
  • Compound/Complete Feeds

SAL’s Mycotoxin Testing

SAL Ltd can provide a comprehensive mycotoxin testing service. The majority of the analysis is based on LC/MS/MS with the availability of low limits of detection to comply with specific legislation. Data provided will be ‘fit for purpose’ for compliant food and feed law, including:

  • Commission Recommendation 2006/576/EC (Feeds)
  • Commission Directive 2002/32/EC (Feeds)
  • Commission Regulation 1881/2006 (Foods)

Additional information can be obtained from SAL, phone 01954 782791 or contact us online.

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