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Toxins 2010, 2(6), 1225-1249; doi:10.3390/toxins2061225

Ochratoxin A in Portugal: A Review to Assess Human Exposure

Group of Health Surveillance, Center of Pharmaceutical Studies, University of Coimbra, Health Sciences Campus, Azinhaga de Santa Comba, 3000-548 Coimbra, Portugal
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Received: 7 May 2010 / Revised: 17 May 2010 / Accepted: 26 May 2010 / Published: 1 June 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Ochratoxins)
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Abstract

In Portugal, the climate, dietary habits, and food contamination levels present the characteristics for higher population susceptibility to ochratoxin A (OTA), one of the known mycotoxins with the greatest public health and agro-economic importance. In this review, following a brief historical insight on OTA research, a summary of the available data on OTA occurrence in food (cereals, bread, wine, meat) and biological fluids (blood, urine) is made. With this data, an estimation of intake is made to ascertain and update the risk exposure estimation of the Portuguese population, in comparison to previous studies and other populations. View Full-Text
Keywords: ochratoxin A; Portugal; exposure; food; biomarker; cereal; bread; wine ochratoxin A; Portugal; exposure; food; biomarker; cereal; bread; wine
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Duarte, S.C.; Pena, A.; Lino, C.M. Ochratoxin A in Portugal: A Review to Assess Human Exposure. Toxins 2010, 2, 1225-1249.

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