Submitted to: Association of Official Analytical Chemists International Symposium
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: September 26, 2002
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: Since the early discovery of mycotoxins, the development of methods to detect these toxic secondary metabolites of fungi has progressed enormously. The wide variety of mycotoxins and the variety of commodities, foods, and feeds in which they can be found has necessitated the development of a large number of analytical techniques for their detection. Testing for mycotoxins is done for many reasons including protection of human and animal health, quality control, confirmation of toxin content to satisfy contracts, or for research purposes. These widely different needs have contributed to the evolution of more and newer technologies for mycotoxin detection. Recent developments include the use of biosensors, which have been designed to detect the mycotoxins of interest, and imaging systems that have been designed to detect fungal contamination. Several of these devices show substantial promise as rapid, sensitive, methods for toxin detection. The new technologies, when combined with long-standing technologies, open new possibilities for solving the challenges of mycotoxin analysis.