Food Safety Risk: Ochratoxin A in Türkiye

Aydemir M. C., Yılmaz M., Kılıç M. A.

Food Bulletin, vol.3, no.1, pp.1-8, 2024 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 3 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2024
  • Doi Number: 10.61326/foodb.v3i1.153
  • Journal Name: Food Bulletin
  • Journal Indexes: Index Copernicus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-8
  • Akdeniz University Affiliated: Yes


Ochratoxin  A  (OTA)  is  a  mycotoxin  produced  by  fungi  of  the  genus Aspergillusand Penicillium. OTA causes damage to the kidneys and liver in experimental animals and is even classified as a possible human carcinogen. As an occasional phenomenon, many foods in  a  particular  region  may  be  contaminated  with  OTA.  Regardless  of  whether  it  is  a developedor  developing  country,  OTA  contamination  poses  both  public  health  and economic risks. We have compiled studies on OTA in food and humans (milk and blood) in Turkeyover the last 25 years and discussed what needs to be done to reduce the public health risk.