OCHRATOXIN A IN RETAIL FLOUR

E. Anne Richardson*, Patrick J. Flude, Deryck S.P. Patterson, Donald MacKenzie, Eric H. Wakefield

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    Abstract

    Flour delivered to a school in the Bournemouth area was found by thinlayered chromatography to contain up to 6·25 mg/kg of ochratoxin A. Penicillium cyclopium, a fungus known to produce this toxin, was found in discoloured portions of the caked flour. Ochratoxin was also found in a second sack delivered to the school, but not in samples of sound flour or in six samples of flour of varying quality from other sources. The health risk did not appear to be serious.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1366-1367
    Number of pages2
    JournalThe Lancet
    Volume312
    Issue number8104
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 30 Dec 1978

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