Aflatoxin and ochratoxin A content of spices in Hungary. Food Addit Contam

University of Kaposvár, Toponár, Somogy, Hungary
Food Additives and Contaminants (Impact Factor: 2.13). 10/2005; 22(9):856-63. DOI: 10.1080/02652030500198027
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In October and November 2004, 91 spice samples (70 ground red pepper, six black pepper, five white pepper, five spice mix and five chilli samples), the majority of which originated from commercial outlets, were analysed for aflatoxins B1, B2, G1 and G2 (AFB1, AFB2, AFG1, AFG2) and ochratoxin A (OTA) content by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) after immunoaffinity column clean-up. Eighteen of the 70 ground red pepper samples contained AFB1, seven of them in a concentration exceeding the 'maximum level' of 5 microg kg(-1) (range 6.1-15.7 microg kg(-1)). Of the other spices assayed, the AFB1 contamination of one chilli sample exceeded 5 microg kg(-1) (8.1 microg kg(-1)). Thirty-two of the 70 ground red pepper samples contained OTA, eight of them in a concentration exceeding the 10 microg kg(-1) 'maximum level' (range 10.6-66.2 microg kg(-1)). One chilli sample was contaminated with OTA at 2.1 microg kg(-1). The AFB1 and OTA contamination of ground red pepper exceeding the 'maximum level' (5 and 10 microg kg(-1), respectively) was obviously the consequence of mixing imported ground red pepper batches heavily contaminated with AFB1 and OTA with red pepper produced in Hungary. This case calls attention to the importance of consistently screening imported batches of ground red pepper for aflatoxin and ochratoxin A content and strictly prohibiting the use of batches containing mycotoxin concentrations exceeding the maximum permitted level.

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    • "The Turkish Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs adopted the European Union (EU) limits of OTA in food stuffs (Turkish Food Codex Legislation 2011/28157). While a number of investigations have been carried out worldwide to obtain a general pattern of OTA contamination in spices, particularly in red pepper samples (El-Kady et al. 1995; Patel et al. 1996; Thirumala-Devi et al. 2000; Fazekas et al. 2005; Goryacheva et al. 2006; Hernández Hierro et al. 2008; Shundo et al. 2009; Santos et al. 2010, 2011; Jalili & Jinap 2012; Prelle et al. 2013; Skarkova et al. 2013), specific studies in Turkey are scarce (Heperkan & Ermis 2004; Özbey & Kabak 2012). Therefore, this survey focusses on red pepper flake samples, which is important for Turkish economy due to its export value. "
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