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Wheat samples come up clean

The latest results from the ongoing AHDB Contaminant Monitoring Project have revealed a clean bill of health for the 2020 harvest.

Fifty milling wheat samples were tested for mycotoxins, including DON, ZON and ergot alkaloids, as well as agrochemicals and heavy metals. No results were above the maximum legal levels and in general the level of contamination was low.

As in previous years, the results will be used in representational work around contaminant regulation. The AHDB dataset is particularly useful as it allows a comparison of different mycotoxin levels in the same sample.

It will also help UK Flour Millers make the argument that cumulative maximum levels for different mycotoxins will greatly restrict the availability of wheat for the food market and the approach should be reconsidered.


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