Cereal contaminants monitoring review (2024)

We have conducted independent work on monitoring agro-chemical residues and contaminants in cereals since the mid-1980s. A strategic review of this monitoring project will ensure that it continues to deliver the best value to levy payers.

Take part (questionnaire)

Complete a short questionnaire to let us know what you think about grain contaminants.

The questionnaire:

  • Asks about your role and region
  • Gauges which contaminants concern you the most
  • Asks if you monitor any contaminants
  • Captures your opinions on AHDB’s contaminants monitoring research

The questionnaire is open until Monday 30 September 2024.

Complete the questionnaire

The results will help the AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds sector council agree how it invests the levy to support monitoring of cereal contaminants in the UK.

Contaminants monitoring project

The current contaminants monitoring project conducts an annual survey of the incidence and levels of key mycotoxins (e.g. DON, ZON, T2/HT2, OTA and ergot alkaloids) and other contaminants (e.g. pesticides, heavy metals, CIPC and PAHs) in commercial samples of UK-grown wheat, barley and oats, and co-products (wheatfeed and oatfeed).

Monitoring of contaminants in UK cereals used for processing food and animal feed (2016–24)

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Kristina Grenz

Senior Cereal Product Quality Scientist

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