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Chemosensors 2019, 7(1), 3;

Thin Films Sensor Devices for Mycotoxins Detection in Foods: Applications and Challenges

Laboratory of Separation and Reaction Engineering–Laboratory of Catalysis and Materials (LSRE-LCM), Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, Campus Santa Apolónia, 5300-253 Bragança, Portugal
CEB-Centre of Biological Engineering, University of Minho, Campus de Gualtar, 4710-057 Braga, Portugal
Centro de Investigação de Montanha (CIMO), Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, Campus de Santa Apolónia, 5300-253 Bragança, Portugal
Instituto Politécnico de Coimbra, ISEC, DEQB, Rua Pedro Nunes, Quinta da Nora, 3030-199 Coimbra, Portugal
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Received: 28 November 2018 / Revised: 20 December 2018 / Accepted: 20 December 2018 / Published: 4 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Thin Film Based Sensors)
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Mycotoxins are a group of secondary metabolites produced by different species of filamentous fungi and pose serious threats to food safety due to their serious human and animal health impacts such as carcinogenic, teratogenic and hepatotoxic effects. Conventional methods for the detection of mycotoxins include gas chromatography and high-performance liquid chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry or other detectors (fluorescence or UV detection), thin layer chromatography and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. These techniques are generally straightforward and yield reliable results; however, they are time-consuming, require extensive preparation steps, use large-scale instruments, and consume large amounts of hazardous chemical reagents. Rapid detection of mycotoxins is becoming an increasingly important challenge for the food industry in order to effectively enforce regulations and ensure the safety of food and feed. In this sense, several studies have been done with the aim of developing strategies to detect mycotoxins using sensing devices that have high sensitivity and specificity, fast analysis, low cost and portability. The latter include the use of microarray chips, multiplex lateral flow, Surface Plasmon Resonance, Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering and biosensors using nanoparticles. In this perspective, thin film sensors have recently emerged as a good candidate technique to meet such requirements. This review summarizes the application and challenges of thin film sensor devices for detection of mycotoxins in food matrices. View Full-Text
Keywords: thin films; mycotoxins; food analysis; biosensors thin films; mycotoxins; food analysis; biosensors

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Santos, A.O.; Vaz, A.; Rodrigues, P.; Veloso, A.C.A.; Venâncio, A.; Peres, A.M. Thin Films Sensor Devices for Mycotoxins Detection in Foods: Applications and Challenges. Chemosensors 2019, 7, 3.

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