Analytical Aspects of Mycotoxins: Introduction
Mycotoxins have a wide range of toxic effects, including carcinogenicity, neurotoxicity, immunotoxicity, and reproductive and developmental toxicity. Regulatory limits have been established for some of the well-known mycotoxins such as the aflatoxins, deoxynivalenol, ochratoxin A, and patulin in order to minimize human and animal exposure. Regulatory limits must be developed using science-based risk assessments to avoid unnecessary economic loss. Exposure data from surveillance studies are needed for risk assessments. Quality of data generated in these surveys depends on the analytical methods used and the adherence to quality assurance principles by skillful analysts.