Ochratoxin A is a toxic metabolite produced by several molds of the Aspergillus flavus and Penicillium genera, including Aspergillus ochraceus. The fungal species has the potential to produce ochratoxin A , a known nephrotoxin and carcinogen. It has been frequently detected in human foods and animal feed, mainly in cereal products, although a range of commodities has been reported to contain the toxin. In humans, exposure to ochratoxin A has been linked with Balken endemic nephropathy (BEN), a chronic kidney disease associated with tumors of the renal system. In animals, impairment of renal function has been reported in swine. In turkeys and chickens symptoms included retarded growth, decreased feed conversion, nephropathy and mortality. Feed refusal has also been observed in turkeys. A decrease in egg production and shell quality was reported in both turkeys and chickens.
The MYCOMONITOR Ochratoxin A Assay is a competitive enzyme-linked immunoassay intended for the quantitative detection of Ochratoxin A levels in grains, cereals, coffee, and other commodities including animal feeds.
| || ng/mL || Commodity ppb(x5) |
| 1 || 0.0 || 0.0 |
| 2 || 0.4 || 2.0 |
| 3 || 1.0 || 5.0 |
| 4 || 2.0 || 10.0 |
| 5 || 4.0 || 20.0 |
| 6 || 8.0 || 40.0 |
| Safe limit of detection 0.4 ng/mL ||