Should Mold Toxins in Food Should Be Included in Safety Regulations
We say yes.
Molds growing naturally on wheat, corn and other plants can create mycotoxins (i.e. mold-made toxins). In general, these are forbidden by regulation. THat is, if the actual mold is found in food, it can’t be marketed.
However some mycotoxins cause a response in the plant, and the plant converts them into a different chemical compound that is harmless to the plant, and indetectable. However some of these mycotoxins end up in their original harmful form when digested.
More than 400 mycotoxins have been identified.