Newsletter #13




Publication of Belgian action limits on ergot alkaloids and tropane alkaloids

In 2017, the scientific committee of the Belgian Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FAVV) has published action limits for ochratoxin A,ergot alkaloids and tropane alkaloids in certain foodstuffs, animal products and feed:


Proposed action limit

Ochratoxin A


4 µg/kg


5 µg/kg

Ergot alkaloids

Wheat, rye, oats, spelt

150 µg/kg

Wheat flour, rye flour, oats flour, spelt flour

150 µg/kg

Oat groats

200 µg/kg


90 µg/kg

Rye bread

90 µg/kg


100 µg/kg

Cereal bars

100 µg/kg

Breakfast cereals

200 µg/kg

Cereal‐based baby foods

80 µg/kg

Wheat pasta

100 µg/kg

Tropane alkaloids

Cereals (buckwheat, sorghum, millet, maize)

2 µg/kg   

Cereal flours 

2 µg/kg   

Breakfast cereals

3 µg/kg   


5 µg/kg   


5 µg/kg   

Oilseeds (linseed, sunflower, poppy, rapeseed, ...)

8 µg/kg   

Protein crops (peas, lentils, ...)

10 µg/kg   


2 µg/kg   

Maize starch (maize flour meal, ...)   

40 µg/kg   


7 µg/kg   

Did you know … that Primoris offers accredited analyses on these mycotoxins and plant toxins?

A few months ago, Primoris has extended its portfolio with accredited analyses on mycotoxins. Primoris has gained extensive experience in mycotoxin analyses and we’ve further developed our existing method for regulatory mycotoxins. Also, we’ve included new emerging mycotoxins and ergot alkaloids in our scope.

Furthermore, we now also offer accredited analyses on the tropane alkaloids atropine and scopolamine. Our reporting limit for these analyses is fixed at 1 µg/kg, so below the proposed action limits of the Belgian Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain.

More info?

Contact your market manager or our customer care department.