Technical note: Spex® mould, fungi and mycotoxins

Mould and fungi are ubiquitous in the world. Their size and the mobility of their spores cause rapid spread through agricultural products under favourable environmental conditions.

Significant crop losses and foodborne illness can be attributed to mould and fungi when secondary metabolites, called mycotoxins, develop. The botanicals, cannabis and food industries battle continuously with such contaminants. In the United States, the CDC estimates that 48 million people get sick from foodborne illnesses, and up to 3,000 die from foodborne diseases each year.