April 27, 2014
By: Margie King
It's been estimated that mycotoxins infect around 25% of the world's cereal crop. Mycotoxins include over 300 toxic compounds produced when certain molds or fungi infect crops.
A new study shows that breakfast cereals can be a significant source of these toxins. Researchers in Pakistan collected 237 breakfast cereal samples and analyzed them for 3 different types of mycotoxins. They tested for aflatoxins (AFs), ochratoxin A (OTA), and zearalenone (ZEA). They found these toxins in about half the breakfast cereals tested.[i]