Mycotoxins

Mycotoxins are metabolites (by-products) of the growth of molds. They have very real toxic side effects to other plants, animals, and humans. They are generally less selective of the hosts they attack and can cross plant species. The most frequently found mycotoxins in grain are aflatoxin, deoxynivalenol (DON), fumonisin, ochratoxin A, and zearalenone.

FGIS has implemented a program to verify the performance of rapid tests for mycotoxins in grains.

The following content is recommended for learning more about mycotoxins and mycotoxin testing:

Submission Forms

  • Submitted Sample Form (pdf) - External customers wanting the quantitation of select mycotoxins in ground commodities should use this form for the submission of samples to be analyzed.
  • Alfatoxin Monitoring Form (pdf) - Participants in the FGIS mycotoxin monitoring program should use this form for the submission of samples that were previously analyzed for aflatoxin at an approved specified service point (SSP).
  • DON Monitoring Form (pdf) - Participants in the FGIS mycotoxin monitoring program should use this form for the submission of samples that were previously analyzed for deoxynivalenol at an approved specified service point (SSP).