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Int J Mol Sci. 2008 Dec;9(12):2614-21. doi: 10.3390/ijms9122614. Epub 2008 Dec 12.

Occurrence of aflatoxin M(1) in dairy products in southern Italy.

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  • 1Department of Biomedical Science and Human Oncology, University of Bari, Italy. montagna@igiene.uniba.it <montagna@igiene.uniba.it>

Abstract

A screening survey of the presence of aflatoxin M(1) (AFM(1)) was carried out on 265 samples of cheese made from cow, buffalo, goat, sheep, sheep-goat milk collected in the Apulia region (Southern Italy). Selected samples included unripened, medium and long-term ripened cheeses. AFM(1) was found in 16.6% of the analyzed samples. The highest positive incidence was for medium and long-term ripened cheeses, especially those made from sheep-goat milk, while buffalo cheeses tested consistently negative. Our results show that the level of contamination by AFM(1) in dairy products from Apulia Region are lower than in other Italian and European regions. Moreover, it is important to underline that a common European norm concerning the AFM(1) threshold limits for dairy products is still lacking.

KEYWORDS:

Aflatoxin M1; dairy products; food safety

PMID:
19330096
PMCID:
PMC2635657
DOI:
10.3390/ijms9122614
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