Natural Toxins

Includes fact sheets and resource lists for aflatoxins, ciguatoxins, and scombrotoxins. These naturally-occurring toxins are produced by moulds and fungi that grow on the food.

USDA. Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Factsheet on molds explaining information on safe food handling in relation to molds. Includes discussion on dangerous molds, the location of molds, discussion on mycotoxins and how to safely handle and protect food from mold.

USDA. ARS. Food Safety Research Information Office.

Research publications on natural toxins from peer-reviewed journals. Some publications may be early view or ahead of print. Citations and abstracts are available to all users while full-text availability depends on institutional access levels.

DHHS. NIH. National Library of Medicine.

Database useful in searching for toxicology and environmental health research.

International Society for Mycotoxicology (Italy).

Serves as a global information system that disseminates information and skills related to toxigenic fungi and mycotoxins. Affiliated journals, interesting links, courses and conferences related to toxigenic fungi and mycotoxins are also available.


European research on the area of mycotoxins and toxigenic fungi for food safety. Discussions on concerns mycotoxins and toxigenic fungi have on human and animal health.

Food Mycotoxins- An Update  ( pdf | 469 KB )

Institute of Food Technologists.

Worldwide research on food safety education in the area of mycotoxins and toxigenic fungi. Discussions on rapid detection systems and an evaluation of research policy and procedures towards the elimination of mycotoxins and toxigenic fungi from commodities.