Event Title

Contamination and levels of Mycotoxins (aflatoxin, ochratoxin) in white Cheese produced and marketed in Kosovo

Session

Medical, Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Description

In addition to the wide consumption of milk in all age groups of people, cheese as a dairy product is often used by the kosovars and constitutes one of the main foods. Therefore, the presence of aflatoxin M1 (AFM1) and ochratoxin A (OTA) in dairy milk products is an important factor for human health. The purpose of this research was to study the frequency and levels of AFM1 and OTA in cheese samples produced and marketed in Kosovo. AFM1 and OTA levels in cheese samples were determined using the high-performance fluorescence method for fluorescence lighting separation and detection. A total of 10 white cheese products, namely 10 white cheese samples produced or imported in Kosovo from the countries abroad, were analyzed for AFM1 and OTA during May 2017. There was no OTA detection and also only in one sample was not detected AFM1, while in the other samples the detected levels of AFM1 were in the range of allowed values (from 0.00 ppb to 0.026 ppb). The results of this research although showed that the levels of AFM1 and OTA in the cheeses analyzed are within the allowed limits, the need for regular monitoring of the levels of AFM1 and OTA in dairy products is necessary in order to protect human health.

Keywords:

mycotoxins, aflatoxin, ochratoxin, white cheeses, human health

Session Chair

Arianit Jakupi

Session Co-Chair

Valon Ejupi

Proceedings Editor

Edmond Hajrizi

ISBN

978-9951-437-54-7

Location

Durres, Albania

Start Date

28-10-2017 9:00 AM

End Date

28-10-2017 10:30 AM

DOI

10.33107/ubt-ic.2017.299

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Contamination and levels of Mycotoxins (aflatoxin, ochratoxin) in white Cheese produced and marketed in Kosovo

Durres, Albania

In addition to the wide consumption of milk in all age groups of people, cheese as a dairy product is often used by the kosovars and constitutes one of the main foods. Therefore, the presence of aflatoxin M1 (AFM1) and ochratoxin A (OTA) in dairy milk products is an important factor for human health. The purpose of this research was to study the frequency and levels of AFM1 and OTA in cheese samples produced and marketed in Kosovo. AFM1 and OTA levels in cheese samples were determined using the high-performance fluorescence method for fluorescence lighting separation and detection. A total of 10 white cheese products, namely 10 white cheese samples produced or imported in Kosovo from the countries abroad, were analyzed for AFM1 and OTA during May 2017. There was no OTA detection and also only in one sample was not detected AFM1, while in the other samples the detected levels of AFM1 were in the range of allowed values (from 0.00 ppb to 0.026 ppb). The results of this research although showed that the levels of AFM1 and OTA in the cheeses analyzed are within the allowed limits, the need for regular monitoring of the levels of AFM1 and OTA in dairy products is necessary in order to protect human health.