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Case Studies in Food Safety and Authenticity by Jeffrey Hoorfar

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8

Investigating a suspected case of mycotoxin poisoning in South Africa

M.F. Dutton,     University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Abstract:

In 1988, the fungal/mycotoxin analytical unit at what was then known as the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, was contacted by one of the large agricultural co-operatives in what was then the Transvaal with a problem affecting farm animals on a farm in the Kinross area, and the Director of the Unit went to investigate. The case describes the actions taken to find the cause of the problem, the outcomes and lessons learned.

Key words

farm animal

production loss

fungus

mycotoxin

analysis

8.1 Introduction to the case

Mycotoxins are toxic fungal secondary metabolites and their persistent ...

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