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Ochratoxin A (OTA) in Oats
Question: Is it true that oat cereals, like Cheerios, oatmeal, oatflakes and steel-cut oats can be contaminated with a toxin?
Answer: Yes, unfortunately. In fact, a study of oat-based cereals in the U.S. found the majority to be contaminated with a fungal toxin — several at unacceptably high levels. Read the full answer >>
UPDATE: Due to the concern about ochratoxin A in oat-based cereals, ConsumerLab.com purchased and tested popular oat-based cereals (and one buckwheat cereal) for contamination with this toxin (as well as for contamination with gluten and heavy metals) in 2016. For the results, see the Oats Cereal Review >>