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AOAC approval for mycotoxin detection.

VICAM, a world leader in food safety diagnostics, has announced that AOAC International has awarded Official Method First Action status to the protocol: "Determination of Aflatoxins B1, B2, G1 and G2 and Ochratoxin A in Ginseng and Ginger by Multitoxin Immunoaffinity Column Clean-up and Liquid Chromatographic Quantitation." The method, AOAC number 2008.02, is the first ever to be approved for the simultaneous detection of aflatoxins (AFB1, AFB2, AFG1 and AFG2) and ochratoxin A. Using the VICAM multiple mycotoxin immunoaffinity column, AflaOchra HPLC, the newly approved method is applicable for use with powdered ginseng and ginger, botanical products that are widely available to consumers. "Botanicals are used in many countries for medicinal and general health promoting purposes," said Mary W. Trucksess of the US FDA. "In recent years, several reports of the natural occurrence of mycotoxins in botanical dietary supplements have been published. The AOAC Method 2008.02 has been validated by an international collaborative study with good statistical parameters for the investigation of the aflatoxins and ochratoxin A in ginger and ginseng. This validated method is available for regulatory compliance or surveillance programmes and for industry applications." Aflatoxins are a family of fungal toxins that are classified as Group I carcinogens by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Ochratoxin A, another fungal toxin, has been linked to kidney damage, immunosuppression and is a suspected carcinogen in humans. Because fungal toxins may occur together in the same consumer product, the existence of an AOAC approved method for the simultaneous detection of both toxins will assist in monitoring and control to protect human and animal health around the world.

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Title Annotation:products; Association of Analytical Chemists
Publication:Nutraceutical Business & Technology
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Nov 1, 2008
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