Volume 88 Issue 12 | p. 44
Issue Date: March 22, 2010

Wine's Mycotoxin Profile Grows

Another fungal toxin associated with grains is present in wines worldwide
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Analytical SCENE
Keywords: mold, mycotoxins, 2">fumonisin B2, wine

As they raise a glass, most wine drinkers would prefer to ponder the ancient beverage’s possible health benefits—lowering cholesterol, improving heart health—rather than its possible contamination with carcinogenic, kidney-destroying fungal toxins.

But dangerous mycotoxins produced by fungus species are found in wine. Mycotoxins are longtime contaminants as old as food itself. Multitudes of toxin-producing fungi invade grains, peanuts, coffee, grapes, and other foods. Wine, by association with grapes, is not immune: It can contain small . . .

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