Analysis of Deoxynivalenol, Nivalenol, Zearalenone in Food by LC–APCI–MS
The detection of mycotoxins is an important task for analytical analysis, as they are a source of contaminants in foods today. The very small amounts of toxic mycotoxins (zearalenone, deoxynivalenol) make it important to determine the most reliable analytical methods. There are several options for the detection of mycotoxins, LC–API–MS techniques being the most common ones. The aim of the present determination is to give an overview on the application of LC–(API)-MS in the analysis of frequently occurring and highly toxic mycotoxins, such as deoxynivalenol, nivalenol and zearalenone, in organic foods. The limits of these three toxins in foods are very low: deoxynivalenol 1,250 μg kg−1, nivalenol 0.9 μg kg−1 of body weight, zearalenone 100 μg kg−1.
KeywordsColumn liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry Mycotoxins Deoxynivalenol Nivalenol Zearalenone Organic food
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