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Mycotoxin Contamination Concerns of Herbs and Medicinal Plants

Department of Physiology and Toxicology, Faculty of Biological Sciences, Kazimierz Wielki University, Chodkiewicza 30, 85-064 Bydgoszcz, Poland
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Toxins 2020, 12(3), 182; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxins12030182
Received: 21 January 2020 / Revised: 13 February 2020 / Accepted: 12 March 2020 / Published: 14 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Mycotoxins)
Plants and medicinal herbs that are available on the market do not always meet quality and safety standards. One particular concern is the risk of contamination with mycotoxins. Aflatoxins and ochratoxin A are the most frequently described mycotoxins in herbal products and have repeatedly been reported to occur at concentrations which exceed regulatory levels set by the European Union (EU). Possible solutions include enforcing existing limits, and for the new materials, establishing tighter limits and mandate the growth of medicinal plants in EU member countries under more strict conditions. View Full-Text
Keywords: herbs; contamination; liquorice; chamomile; mint; ginseng; milk thistle; ginger; medicinal plants; mycotoxins herbs; contamination; liquorice; chamomile; mint; ginseng; milk thistle; ginger; medicinal plants; mycotoxins
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Ałtyn, I.; Twarużek, M. Mycotoxin Contamination Concerns of Herbs and Medicinal Plants. Toxins 2020, 12, 182.

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