Survey on sterigmatocystin in food

J.G.J. Mol, A. Pietri, S.J. MacDonald, C. Anagnostopoulos, M. Spanjer

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A total of 1 259 samples of cereal grains, cereal products, beer and nuts were analysed for the presence of the mycotoxin sterigmatocystin. Samples were mainly collected at processing plants, storage facilities, wholesale and retail between August 2013 and November 2014, in nine European countries (mostly Greece, Italy, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom (UK), additionally in Cyprus, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland). The products originated from 27 European countries and 18 other countries (mostly rice and nuts). The samples comprised cereal grains (221 wheat, 35 rye, 33 maize, 59 barley, 51 oats, 2 spelt, 117 rice), grain milling products (125), pasta (115), bread/rolls (143), breakfast cereals/muesli (97), fine bakery ware (90), cereal-based infant food (54), beer (53), peanuts (28) and hazelnuts (36). All samples were analysed by methods based on liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS).
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationParma, Italy
Number of pages56
Publication statusPublished - 11 Mar 2015

Publication series

NameEFSA supporting publiation 2015


  • sterigmatocystin
  • mycotoxins
  • cereals
  • beers
  • nuts
  • food safety
  • food analysis


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