Ergot alkaloids (EAs) are a group of mycotoxins produced from a fungus of the genus Claviceps, in particular by Claviceps purpurea, which infects cereals, cereal-based products, feed and food for infants.
The European Commission has published REGULATION (EU) 2021/1399 amending Regulation (EC) no. 1881/2006 as regards the maximum levels of sclerotia of Claviceps spp. and alkaloids of Claviceps spp. in some food products.
The limits for these alkaloids relate in particular to barley, wheat, spelled, rye and oats and processed cereal-based foods for infants and children and will apply from 1 January 2022.