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Chemosensors, Volume 7, Issue 1 (March 2019)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Mycotoxins are secondary fungal metabolites that pose a serious threat to food safety. Conventional [...] Read more. Mycotoxins are secondary fungal metabolites that pose a serious threat to food safety. Conventional methods for their detection include gas or liquid chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry or other detectors, thin layer chromatography, and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. These techniques are straightforward and reliable; however, they are time-consuming, require extensive preparation steps and large-scale instrumentation, and employ hazardous chemicals. The rapid detection of mycotoxins is a challenge, and several studies have aimed at the development of faster, cheaper, and portable sensing devices. These include the use of microarray chips, multiplex lateral flow, and surface plasmon resonance, among others. Recently, thin-film sensors have emerged as a good candidate, and this review summarizes the use of such devices for mycotoxin detection in food matrices. View this paper