Veg-i-Trade first research results published on screening of moulds and mycotoxins in fresh produce and derived products

PhD student Evelien Van de Perre of the Department of Food Safety & Food Quality, Ghent University published two papers on the screening of moulds and mycotoxins in tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, soft red fruits and derived tomato products. On tomatoes, onions and soft red fruits, Alternaria spp. and their associated mycotoxins were detected. Derived tomato products were also screened and six out of 173 samples and four out of 173 samples were positive for alternariol and alternariol monomethyl ether, respectively. Patulin was present in 11% of the sweet bell peppers and in 8% of the soft red fruits, but not in onions. Patulin was also found in tomatoes, but could not be detected in derived tomato products.