BIOMIN Mycotoxin Survey H1 2019 Results


  • Co-contamination remains a hot topic. 75% of all samples (analyzed for at least two mycotoxins) contained more than one mycotoxin.
  • South and South East Asia remain at extreme risk. In South Asia this is mainly due to the very high abundance of aflatoxins (Afla) (91%) with an average contamination of 19 ppb. Further, fumonisins (FUM) and ochratoxin A (OTA) are very abundant. South East Asia is also affected by Afla (60%, average 47 ppb), FUM and additionally zearalenone (ZEN).
  • Risk for China increased to extreme. Afla is a potential threat although FUM and DON are the most prevalent mycotoxins.
  • Risk is still extreme in Central America. FUM and deoxynivalenol (DON) are the most frequently found mycotoxins.
  • In North America, DON remains the most prevalent mycotoxin (83%, average contamination 1397 ppb). Also, ZEN is very prevalent with an average of 452 ppb.
  • South America shows a high abundance of FUM but also DON and is at severe risk (74% and 64%, respectively).
  • Europe is at severe risk of mycotoxin contamination. DON and ZEN are most prevalent (64% and 62%, respectively). In wheat, DON is the main threat with an average concentration of 574 ppb.
  • In Africa, Afla and DON present a threat regarding the average contamination (10 ppb, 494 ppb, respectively). In this region we see a high co-contamination: 90% of the samples contain more than one mycotoxin.