Patent Number: 6,637,438

Title: Method for assay and removal of harmful toxins during processing of tobacco products

Abstract: A process and system for continuous assay and removal of toxins from tobacco. Products such as tobacco contaminated with mycotoxins, particularly aflatoxins, and benzpyrene and its precursors, are subjected to treatment, generally in a solvent medium, to decontaminate the tobacco of the toxin. Continuous monitoring of all harmful toxins eluted from the cleaning solvent is performed by immunoantibody ultraviolet fluorescence, for example. A quality, control process ensures removal of harmful toxins from tobacco before further processing. Decontamination of extracted solvent streams and re-additives ensures safe reuse or disposal of the solvents and re-additives.

Inventors: Lane; Kerry Scott (Del Ray Beach, FL)


International Classification: A24B 15/18 (20060101); A24B 15/24 (20060101); A24B 15/22 (20060101); A24B 15/00 (20060101); A24B 015/22 (); A24B 003/10 (); A24B 015/28 ()

Expiration Date: 10/28/2020