Mycotoxin Research

, Volume 17, Supplement 1, pp 92–96 | Cite as

ZONMAIZE: EU-SMT-Project for the production of Certified Reference Materials (CRM) for the determination of zearalenone in maize

  • Krska R 
  • Josephs R 
  • Pettersson H 
  • Donald S Mc 


This paper decribes the course of the project “ZONMAIZE” which has been funded by the European Commission within the Standards, Measurement and Testing Programme (SM&T). The project deals with the preparation and certification of both a maize naturally contaminated with zearalenone (ZON) (c=40–120 μg/kg, ZON in maize) and a blank maize material (<5 μg/kg ZON in maize) to improve the quality and comparability, of ZON analysis. In addition, a certified ZON calibrant (in acetonitrile) has been produced and ampouled (cZON=10 μg/l). After pre-analyses, homogenisation, drying and packaging, homogeneity and short time stability tests, two preliminary intercomparison studies and one certification exercise were carried out by a consortium of 27 European laboratories from 11 different European countries.


Certified Reference Material (CRM) Maize Zearalenone 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Krska R 
    • 1
  • Josephs R 
    • 1
  • Pettersson H 
    • 2
  • Donald S Mc 
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute for Agrobiotechnology (IFA-Tulln)Center for Analytical ChemistryTullnAustria
  2. 2.Central Science LaboratoryYorkUK
  3. 3.Department of Animal Nutrition and ManagementSwedish University of Agricultural SciencesUppsalaSweden

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