Campden BRI gets UKAS approval for mycotoxins

By Rick Pendrous

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Campden BRI has received accreditation from the UK Accreditation Service (UKAS) for its ergot mycotoxin testing method. Ergot alkaloids are mycotoxins which mainly affect cereals, such as wheat, rye, barley and oats and can cause problems from long-term dietary exposure.

Campden BRI has developed a sensitive mass spectrometry based method to detect the six major ergot alkaloids defined by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) ergometrine, ergotamine, ergosine, ergocristine, ergocryptine and ergocornine and their corresponding epimers at levels as low as 1µg/kg.

​We have been carrying out ergot testing for several years to help manufacturers working with cereals and grains maintain the quality and safety of their products,” says Julian South, head of chemistry and biochemistry at Campden BRI.

“EFSA has proposed that in 2017, maximum levels will be set for alkaloids in unprocessed grain.”

The accreditation will allow Campden BRI to help its clients meet these requirements.

Contact: Campden BRI

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