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Strained tomatoes: Italian delight with flaws

Strained tomatoes are used in a variety of ways, especially in the Italian cuisine: For sauces, lasagna, pizza and much more. They should be aromatic and free of mold toxins – but unfortunately not all of them are.


A test shows: Mold toxins were found in every fifth sample


Mold toxins, also called mycotoxins, are metabolic products of molds that can have a toxic effect by consumption. In a recent test, alternariotoxins were found in strained tomatoes. These are among the mycotoxins and are often referred to as black mold. Food is an ideal source of nutrition for alternaria toxins and they particularly affect tomatoes that are stored at temperatures of 8-12 °C. Currently, there are no legal limits for alternariatoxins in food. However, since a possible health risk is assumed, so-called “indicative levels” are under discussion.


Chlorfenapyr: In the EU forbidden pesticide found


The pesticide chlorfenapyr is one of the active substances forbidden in the EU, but it was nevertheless found in a sample.  Other pesticides allowed in the EU were also found. These did not exceed any limits.


How can we support you?


By supporting you in the quality control of your strained tomatoes. We advise you on all analyses and test your products for alternariatoxins and pesticides. We offer the complete range of analysis from label testing, microbiological analysis to quality parameters such as ergosterol.


If you have any questions about our service, please feel free to contact us. Our expert will be happy to assist you.


Roy Sperling

+49 (0) 30 206 038 320

Source: Ökotest

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