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Determination of aflatoxins in pistachio samples - from extraction to high efficient detection

Cultivation and storage of nuts like pistachios may contribute to the spread of molds, which produce mycotoxins – toxic secondary metabolites. Their consumption can lead to serious health damage. To ensure consumer safety it is inevitable to provide a simple, robust, and exact method for the analysis of mycotoxins in food, especially the most often occurring aflatoxins. In this application the sample extraction for pistachios as preparation for a highly sensitive HPLC method is described.

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