Mycotoxin decontamination of food : cold atmospheric pressure plasma versus "classic" decontamination
ID Hojnik, Nataša (Author), ID Cvelbar, Uroš (Author), ID Tavčar-Kalcher, Gabrijela (Author), ID Walsh, James L. (Author), ID Križaj, Igor (Author)

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Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites produced by several filamentous fungi, which frequently contaminate our food, and can result in human diseases affecting vital systems such as the nervous and immune systems. They can also trigger various forms of cancer. Intensive food production is contributing to incorrect handling, transport and storage of the food, resulting in increased levels of mycotoxin contamination. Mycotoxins are structurally very diverse molecules necessitating versatile food decontamination approaches, which are grouped into physical, chemical and biological techniques. In this review, a new and promising approach involving the use of cold atmospheric pressure plasma is considered, which may overcome multiple weaknesses associated with the classical methods. In addition to its mycotoxin destruction efficiency, cold atmospheric pressure plasma is cost effective, ecologically neutral and has a negligible effect on the quality of food products following treatment in comparison to classical methods.

Keywords:cold atmospheric pressure plasma technology, mycotoxins, physical decontamination, chemical decontamination, biological decontamination
Work type:Article
Typology:1.02 - Review Article
Organization:VF - Veterinary Faculty
Publication status:Published
Publication version:Version of Record
Number of pages:19 str.
Numbering:Vol. 9, iss. 5, art. 151
PID:20.500.12556/RUL-131091 This link opens in a new window
ISSN on article:2072-6651
DOI:10.3390/toxins9050151 This link opens in a new window
COBISS.SI-ID:30460967 This link opens in a new window
Publication date in RUL:22.09.2021
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Title:Toxins : Elektronski vir
Shortened title:Toxins
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License:CC BY 4.0, Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International
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Licensing start date:01.05.2017


Funder:Other - Other funder or multiple funders
Funding programme:NATO
Project number:SPS.984555

Funder:ARRS - Slovenian Research Agency
Project number:P1-0207
Name:Toksini in biomembrane

Funder:RCUK - Research Council UK
Funding programme:EPSRC
Project number:EP/N021347/1
Name:Establishing a Centre for Plasma Microbiology

Funder:Other - Other funder or multiple funders
Funding programme:Innovate UK
Project number:50769-377232

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