Studies on Comparative Determination of Ochratoxin A (OTA) in Coffee Beans with Different Origins
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Ochratoxin is a secondary metabolite produced by different species of fungi. Coffee is the second most consumed beverage by most of the population globally. The incident of ochratoxin A (OTA) contamination was found early in food commodities and especially in coffee beans and possesses serious health risks for human beings. OTA is also proved to exhibit various carcinogenic properties. The OTA contamination in coffee beans is in the complete production chain and depends upon crop management, harvest, post-harvest storage and the process of roasting. The study is focused on the determination of OTA level in the beans of seven different origins.
KeywordsOchratoxin A (OTA) Mitochondrial poison Coffee bean contamination Mycotoxin
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