Low-mycotoxin coffee cherry products

  • US 7,815,959 B2
  • Filed: 04/16/2003
  • Issued: 10/19/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/16/2003
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. An extract for use in combination with a food product for human use, wherein the extract is prepared by the steps of:

  • harvesting a plurality of whole coffee cherries and drying the whole coffee cherries under a protocol that limits microbial growth to an extent such that the dried whole coffee cherries exhibit mycotoxin levels that are below 20 ppb for total aflatoxins, below 5 ppm for total fumonisins, below 5 ppm for total vomitoxins, and below 5 ppb for ochratoxins;

    comminuting the whole dried coffee cherries, and combining the comminuted dried coffee cherries with a solvent to form an extraction mixture; and

    filtering the extraction mixture to produce an extract, and optionally removing the solvent from the extract.

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