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Ochratoxin A (OTA) is a mycotoxin produced by fungi of the genera Aspergillus and Penicillium and is present as a contaminant in food and its maximum permitted level in food is regulated within the EU.

 

In COMMISSION Regulation (EU) 2022/1370 of 5 August 2022

amending Regulation (EC) No 1881/2006 as regards maximum levels for ochratoxin A in certain foodstuffs, some maximum levels have been amended and new rules for foodstuffs not previously mentioned have been added in Annex 2 to entry 2.2:

 

Ochratoxin

Max. level
(µg/kg)

Remarks (AGROLAB)

 

Foodstuffs (1)

2.2.1

Unprocessed cereals (18)

5,0

 

2.2.2

All products, derived/processed from unprocessed cereals, with the exception of foodstuffs listed in 2.2.3, 2.2.4, 2.2.5, 2.2.12 and 2.2.13

Cereals placed on the market for the final consumer

1,0

2.2.3

Bakery wares, cereal snacks and breakfast cereals

 

— products not containing oilseeds, nuts or dried fruit

2,0

— products containing at least 20 % dried vine fruit and/or dried figs

4,0

— other products containing oilseeds, nuts and/or dried fruit

3,0

2.2.4

Non-alcoholic malt beverages

3,0

2.2.5

Wheat gluten not placed on the market for the final consumer

8,0

2.2.6

Dried fruit

 

Reduction from 10 µg/kg to 8 µg/kg; dried figs newly included

— dried vine fruit (currants, raisins and sultanas) and dried figs

8,0

— other dried fruit

2,0

2.2.7

Date syrup

15

 

2.2.8

Roasted coffee

 

— roasted coffee beans and ground roasted coffee, excluding soluble coffee

3,0

— soluble coffee (instant coffee)

5,0

2.2.9

Wine (including sparkling wine, excluding liqueur wine and wine with an alcoholic strength of not less than 15 % vol.) and fruit wine (11)

2,0(12)

2.2.10

Aromatised wine, aromatised wine-based drinks and aromatised wine-product cocktails (13)

2,0(12)

2.2.11

Grape juice, concentrated grape juice as reconstituted, grape nectar, grape must and concentrated grape must as reconstituted, placed on the market for the final consumer (14)

2,0(12)

2.2.12

Processed cereal-based foods for infants and young children and baby foods (3) (7)

0,50

2.2.13

Dietary foods for special medical purposes intended for infants and young children (3) (10)

0,50

2.2.14

Spices, including dried spices, except Capsicum spp..

15

MRL of 15 µg/kg extended to all spices except Capsicum

Capsicum spp. (dried fruits thereof, whole or ground, including chillies, chilli powder, cayenne or paprika)

20

— Mixtures of spices

15

2.2.15

Liquorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra, Glycyrrhiza inflata and other species)

 

 

— liquorice root, including as an ingredient in herbal infusions

20

— liquorice extract (42) for use in food in particular beverages and confectionary

80

— liquorice confectionary containing ≥ 97 % liquorice extract on dry basis

50

— other liquorice confectionary

10,0

2.2.16

Dried herbs

10,0

newly included

2.2.17

Ginger roots for use in herbal infusions

15

 

Marshmallow roots, dandelion roots and orange blossoms for use in herbal infusions or in coffee substitutes

20

2.2.18

Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, (water) melon seeds hempseeds, soybeans

5,0

2.2.19

Pistachios to be subjected to sorting, or other physical treatment, before placing on the market for final consumer or use as ingredient in food

10,0

newly included

Pistachios placed on the market for final consumer or use as ingredient in foodstuffs

5,0

2.2.20

Cocoa powder

3,0

 

The footnote designations refer to the original footnotes in the Regulation text of Regulation (EC) No 1881/2006 and are not explicitly listed here.

 

The new maximum levels apply from 01.01.2023.

 

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