Dean Duxbury

The Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that at least 5–10% of the world food supply is lost annually to fungi and mycotoxins—poisonous chemicals produced by molds during their growth on foods, feeds, and various agricultural commodities such as cereal grains, oilseeds, and nuts (Bullerman, 2004). In the United States, the estimated annual cost of fungal and mycotoxin contamination of food and feed is $418 million to $1.66 billion.

Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs) have been developed for a number of mycotoxins.According to Lloyd B. Bullerman, Professor of Food Microb…

Mycotoxins can make their way through the food chain directly or indirectly.

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