The thermal degradation of deoxynivalenol (DON) was determined at isothermal baking conditions within the temperature range of 100-250 degrees C, using a crust-like model, which was prepared with naturally contaminated maize flour. No degradation was observed at 100 degrees C. For the temperatures of 150, 200 and 250 degrees C, thermal degradation rate constants (k) were calculated and temperature dependence of DON degradation was observed by using Arrhenius equation. The degradation of DON obeyed Arrhenius law with a regression coefficient of 0.95. A classical bread baking operation was also performed at 250 degrees C for 70 min and the rate of DON degradation in the bread was estimated by using the kinetic data derived from the model study. The crust and crumb temperatures recorded during bread baking were used to calculate the thermal degradation rate constants (k) and partial DON degradations at certain time intervals. Using these data, total degradation at the end of the entire baking process was predicted for both crust and crumb. This DON degradation was consistent with the experimental degradation data, confirming the accuracy of kinetic constants determined by means of the crust-like model.