Co-occurrence of aflatoxins, ochratoxin A and citrinin in “egusi” melon (Colocynthis citrullus L.) seeds consumed in Ireland and the United Kingdom

Yinka Somorin, Adeyemi Akinyemi, Terenzio Bertuzzi, Amedeo Pietri

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Abstract

The natural co-occurrence of aflatoxins (AFs), ochratoxin A (OTA) and citrinin (CIT) in melon seed samples obtained from retailers and households in Ireland and the United Kingdom (UK) was evaluated. AFs and OTA were determined by HPLC with fluorescence detection while CIT was analysed by HPLC-MS/MS. AFB1 was detected in all (100%) samples (mean = 9.7 μg kg(-1); range = 0.2-66.5 μg kg(-1)). Mean total AFs was 12.0 μg kg(-1) (range = 0.3-82 μg kg(-1)). Commercially retailed samples showed a significantly higher AFB1 contamination (p 
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)230-235
JournalFood Additives and Contaminants: Part B Surveillance
Volume9
Issue number3
Early online date01 May 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 May 2016

Keywords

  • Melon seed
  • aflatoxins
  • citrinin
  • co-occurrence
  • ochratoxin A
  • “egusi”

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