Spices are displayed at a shop in Beirut, May 9, 2012. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Some herbs and spices sold in Lebanon contain toxins of "high risk" to human health, a Lebanese-Italian scientific study has found.Eighty percent of the 94 spice and 38 herb samples bought from shops in Beirut were found to contain at least one mycotoxin, while 40 percent contained more than one. Researchers found that the herbs and spices used for the study originated from at least 15 countries.In the case of herbs, up to 50 percent contained excessive toxin levels.The study only examined the five mycotoxins regulated at the EU level.Darra's new study takes into account seven unregulated mycotoxins, whose existence in Lebanese spices has previously been unstudied.
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