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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), zearalenone (ZEN), and fumonisin.

GIPSA has implemented a program to verify the performance of rapid tests for mycotoxins in grains. Please refer to GIPSA Directive 9181.2 for information on the Performance Verification of Qualitative Mycotoxin and Biotech Rapid Test Kits.

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