Mycotoxins are toxic substances naturally produced by molds (fungi) that may contaminate agricultural commodities by growing on grain or feed. These molds result in a variety of dangerous mycotoxins, such as aflatoxin, fumonisin, deoxynivalenol (DON), ochratoxin, and zearalenone - some of which are known human carcinogens. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has determined acceptable levels of certain mycotoxins for consumption by humans and different species of animals. Furthermore, the European Union (EU) continues to tighten its regulations. This stiffening of EU import standards drives worldwide adoption of mycotoxin tests that are ever more precise, accurate, and sensitive.
One method of mycotoxin analysis includes sample extraction and clean-up with VICAM immunoaffinity columns, followed by high pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC). In addition to HPLC analysis, VICAM immunoaffinity columns can be used for the quantitative detection of mycotoxin present through the use of a fluorometer. The use of VICAM immunoaffinity columns with the aforementioned instruments can provide a reading of actual mycotoxin content over a range of contamination levels.
More information about products are available in the product catalogue. List of Official methods using Vicam immunoaffinity columns is available here.
Vicam Immunoafinity Columns
Mycotoxin of interest
Aflatoxin B1 Aflatoxin B2 Aflatoxin G1 Aflatoxin G2 Ochratoxine A Fuminonisin B1 Fuminonisin B2 DON Zearalenone T2 Toxine HT-2 Toxine