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Masa & Tortillas
Masa & Tortillas

Masa & Tortillas

To safeguard the quality of Masa Flour and Tortillas, inbound maize/corn is often screened for the presence of mycotoxins such as aflatoxin, fumonisin and deoxynivalenol (DON).  Cereal grains such as maize/corn, wheat and sorghum are subject to strict EU regulatory limits as low as 2 parts per billion (ppb) for aflatoxin B1, 4 ppb for total aflatoxins, between 0.75 - 1.75 parts per million (ppm) for DON in cereal grains and milling fractions,  and 0.2 – 4.0 ppm for Fumonisin in maize/corn based on its intended use for further milling or as an ingredient to be used during product formulation.  VICAM offers on-site detection tools such as lateral flow strip tests and rapid fluorometry for fully quantitative results at the point of grain acceptance, as well as laboratory sample preparation solutions for use with LC and LC-MS/MS detection supporting finished product quality verification.

Mycotoxin Testing Solutions

Aflatoxin B1, B2, G1, G2
Highly toxic chemical byproducts of Aspergillus molds which are known to cause cancer in humans.
Aflatoxin M1
Toxic chemical metabolite of aflatoxin B1 which is found in dairy products and is a suspect human carcinogen.
Bisphenol A
Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical contaminant found in polycarbonate consumer products, as well as food and beverages.  BPA is a known endocrine disruptor associated with serious risks to human health and reproductivity.
Citrinin
Toxic chemical metabolite produced by Penicillium molds which is known to cause severe kidney and liver damage.
Deoxynivalenol
Toxin produced by Fusarium molds which causes livestock feed refusal, vomiting and interferes with growth and development.
Fumonisins B1, B2, B3
Toxic chemical metabolite of Fusarium molds which causes equine leukoencephalomalacia and has been linked to human esophageal cancer.
Ochratoxin A
Toxic byproduct of Aspergillus and Penicillium molds which is a suspect carcinogen and causes serious disease in humans and animals.
T-2/HT-2
Toxic chemical metabolite of Fusarium molds which inhibits DNA and protein synthesis, resulting in severe diseases of the airway, skin and stomach.
Zearalenone
Estrogenic toxin produced by Fusarium molds which disrupts livestock growth and reproduction resulting in significant production losses.

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