Fungi, quality and safety issues in fresh fruits and vegetables


Maurice O. Moss, 18, Dagden Road, Shalford, Guildford, Surrey, GU4 8DD, UK.


The role of moulds in the spoilage of fresh fruits and vegetables is discussed. Although the major problems are economic with a significant loss of useful food materials, there are a few examples implicating a role for mycotoxins in the safety of fresh fruits. The significance of the mycotoxins patulin, ochratoxin and tenuazonic acid will be reviewed.