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Immunochemical Methods for Ochratoxin A Detection: A Review

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Toxins 2012, 4(4), 244-266;
Received: 28 February 2012 / Revised: 30 March 2012 / Accepted: 5 April 2012 / Published: 13 April 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Ochratoxins 2011-2012)
The safety of food and feed depends to a great deal on quality control. Numerous compounds and organisms may contaminate food and feed commodities and thus pose a health risk for consumers. The compound of interest in this review is ochratoxin A (OTA), a secondary metabolite of the fungi Aspergillus and Penicillium. Due to its adverse health effects, detection and quantification are of utmost importance. Quality control of food and feed requires extraction and analysis, including TLC, HPLC, MS, and immunochemical methods. Each of these methods has its advantages and disadvantages. However, with regard to costs and rapidity, immunochemical methods have gained much interest in the last decade. In this review an introduction to immunochemistry and assay design will be given to elucidate the principles. Further, the application of the various formats to the detection and quantification of ochratoxin will be described, including the use of commercially available kits. View Full-Text
Keywords: ochratoxin A (OTA); detection; quantification; immunochemical methods ochratoxin A (OTA); detection; quantification; immunochemical methods
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Meulenberg, E.P. Immunochemical Methods for Ochratoxin A Detection: A Review. Toxins 2012, 4, 244-266.

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