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  • Telephone

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  • Method Used
    LC-MS/MS detection
  • Accreditation
    ISO 17025
  • Standard Turnaround Time
    10 working days

Fera Science Limited analyse food or feed samples to measure levels of a number of type A and type B trichothecenes (deoxynivalenol, nivalenol, fusarenon X, 3-Acetyldeoxynivalenol, 15-Acetyldeoxynivalenol, diacetoxyscirpenol, T-2 toxin, HT-2 toxin and neosolaniol). The methods used are fully compliant with EU contaminants legislation and allow you to assess your compliance with regulatory limits in place. Fera Science Limited acts as National Reference Laboratory for mycotoxins in food and feed under Regulation (EC) No. 882/2004

The method we use is fully accredited to ISO17025 for food and feed samples and uses a trichothecene specific charcoal-alumina clean-up column and LCMSMS detection approach so we can be sure the results produced are fit for purpose, accurate and precise.

Trichothecenes are a group of mycotoxins produced by a range of fungi. Although naturally occurring, their effects can be potentially harmful due to their high toxicity and ability to withstand a range of detoxification techniques. They are very stable in air, light and at high temperatures, so cooking will not destroy them, which is why their possible presence in the food chain needs to be considered.

Trichothecenes are well known for causing poisoning to both humans and animals, causing major problems in the farming industry if animals eat contaminated feed resulting in potential alimentary haemorrhage, vomiting and ultimately death.

A number of outbreaks of human diseases involving nausea, vomiting, gastrointestinal upset, dizziness, diarrhoea and headache have occurred, particularly in Asia, where these outbreaks have been associated with the consumption of trichothecene contaminated grains. Toxicity of the trichothecenes varies, but since T-2 toxin is acutely toxic to humans, it is one of the main trichothecenes of interest and has recently been reviewed by EFSA.

Regulatory limits for trichothecenes in food and feed are laid down in multiple EU regulations/recommendations and their amendments. These are:

Regulation (EC) No 1881/2006 setting maximum levels for certain contaminants in foodstuffs;

Commission Recommendation 2006/576/EC on the presence of deoxynivalenol, zearalenone, ochratoxin A, T-2 and HT-2 and fumonisins in products intended for animal feeding and Commission Recommendation 2013/165/EU on the presence of T-2 and HT-2 toxin in cereals and cereal products.

FC24 is an essential source of up to date legislative requirements (

Submitting your sample

When submitting your sample please include the food sample submission form to allow us to process your samples efficiently. Failure to send a sample submission form may result in a delay of your sample being tested.

Download the food sample submission form here.


Serch for Specific Analytes



        Method Used

        Trichothecene specific charcoal-alumina clean-up column and LCMSMS detection


        Yes - ISO 17025

        Sample Information

        50g minimum, maximum 20,000g

        Turnaround Time

        10 working days, 5 working day turnaround available upon request.


        50 µg/kg all listed trichothecenes except T-2 Toxin and HT-2 toxin which are 5µg/kg each.

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