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New device will find carcinogenic food fungus faster

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One of the food industry’s major recurring challenges, detecting highly carcinogenic toxins that occur naturally in our most common crops, could soon be solved by groundbreaking research that exploits aflatoxins’ fluorescent properties.

Detecting Aflatoxins

Aflatoxins are present in a wide range of foodstuffs, especially cereals, grains and nuts and are known to be highly carcinogenic. As they are naturally occuring there is no way to eliminate them from the food chain. Instead, suppliers and producers of food stuffs that are particularly vulnerable to aflatoxins focus on detecting them quickly.

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