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Dust of grains and malts as a source of ochratoxin A exposure.

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Mycotoxin research
Publication Date
Volume
16 Suppl 1
Pages
127–130
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/BF02942999
PMID: 23605433
Source
Medline
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Abstract

Ochratoxin A (OTA) was found more frequently and in higher concentrations (range 0.05-9.9 µg/kg) in dust samples than in corresponding samples of barley (n=23) and malt (n=9), which contained only trace amounts. Feed pellets and meals, prepared out of malt rootlets and dust fractions, contained OTA up to 6.01 µg/kg. Serum samples from seven malt factory workers showed OTA levels between 0.13 and 2.6 ng/ml. Higher levels in autum (median 0.58 ng/ml) than in summer (median 0.34 ng/ml) indicate that handling of barley in past-harvest time and an increased exposure to dusts might be responsible for these findings.

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