Pyrrolizidine alkaloids in food… the good, the bad and the ugly !

Last updated on 28-9-2021 by Jill Alexandre

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Labinfo december 2019 Pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PA) are natural toxins, exclusively biosynthesized by a wide variety of plant species (> 6000), the great majority of them belong to the Asteraceae, Fabaceae and Boraginaceae families. PAs are typical plant secondary metabolites against herbivores and are believed to be one of the most widely spread natural toxins. They can affect wildlife, livestock and humans via food consumption. Outbreaks in farm animals can cause economic losses to farmers and diverse cases of human poisoning in Afghanistan, India, South Africa and the former USSR are d…

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