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Survey of breakfast and infant cereals for aflatoxins B1, B2, G1 and G2.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16751146     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Three hundred and forty-nine breakfast and infant cereal samples were collected at retail level across Canada from 2002 to 2005. They included rice-, soy-, barley-based and mixed-grain infant cereals, corn-, wheat-, rice-based and mixed-grain breakfast cereals, and were analysed for aflatoxins B1, B2, G1 and G2 using a modified AOAC International official method. An immunoaffinity column was used for the cleanup and purification of extracts. Determination of aflatoxins was by LC using post-column derivatization with pyridinium hydrobromide perbromide and fluorescence detection. Results indicated that 50% of both breakfast and infant cereals had detectable levels (limit of detection = 0.002 ng g-1) of aflatoxin B1, which is the most toxic of the four toxins. The levels found varied from 0.002 to 1.00 ng g-1 for aflatoxin B1, from 0.002 to 0.14 ng g-1 for aflatoxin B2, from 0.008 to 0.27 ng g-1 for aflatoxin G1, and from 0.008 to 0.048 ng g-1 for aflatoxin G2. Only 4% of the breakfast cereals and 1% of the infant cereals had aflatoxin B1 levels exceeding 0.1 ng g-1, which is the European Union maximum limit for aflatoxin B1 in baby foods and processed cereal-based foods for infants and young children.
J Tam; M Mankotia; M Mably; P Pantazopoulos; R J Neil; P Calway; P M Scott
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Food additives and contaminants     Volume:  23     ISSN:  0265-203X     ISO Abbreviation:  Food Addit Contam     Publication Date:  2006 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-06-05     Completed Date:  2006-11-30     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8500474     Medline TA:  Food Addit Contam     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  693-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Food Laboratories Division, Health Products and Food Branch, Health Canada, 2301 Midland Avenue, Scarborough, Ontario M1P 4R7, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Aflatoxin B1 / analysis
Aflatoxins / analysis*
Cereals / chemistry*
Chromatography, Affinity / methods
Food Analysis / methods
Food Contamination / analysis*
Infant Food / analysis*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Aflatoxins; 1162-65-8/Aflatoxin B1; 1165-39-5/aflatoxin G1; 22040-96-6/aflatoxin B2; 7241-98-7/aflatoxin G2

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