Improving scientific knowledge on food contaminants to ensure safer products

Strategic vision

The task force collaborates with experts interested in improving food safety through risk management and assessment of contaminants.

Background

A s consumers are of ten exposed to naturally occur ring contaminant s and process-related compounds in their diets. This is crucial to investigate how these compounds are formed in order to improve how we detect and measure them and to assess their safety.

Objectives

  • Advance scientific knowledge to such substances, particularly focusing on assessing its impact on human health.
  • Address research gaps in toxicit y, exposure, mitigation impact and analytical aspects of these contaminants.

Achieved Results

  • The expert group on exposure assessment by biomarker monitoring (Rietjens et al., 2018) was published in Archives of Toxicology and was downloaded more than 3,000 times.
  • The expert group on impact of food processing on Mycotoxin Contamination (Karlovsky et al., 2016) was published in Mycotoxins Research and has been cited more than 90 times.

Scientific Impact

The annual series of University seminars on ‘Process-related Compounds and Natural Toxins’ that started in 2018 aims to highlight young researchers and their work that deals with these contaminants.

For more detailed information, please contact Dr Simeon Bourdoux at sbourdoux@ilsieurope.be or  Belinda Antonio at bantonio@ilsieurope.be

Task Force Members


* Scientific Advisor

Expert Groups

Mineral Oil Risk Assessment: Knowledge Gaps and Roadmap
In collaboration with the Packaging Materials Task Force

Background & Objectives
There is uncertainty about the exposure to mineral oils, how/what to measure and characterise, and ultimately what this exposure means in terms of consumer safety.

  • establish an overview of mineral oils that are of human health concerns across various sectors;
  • build multi-stakeholder consensus on the scientific understanding of exposure assessment, hazard characterisation, risk assessment and analytics.

Output
This activity is expected to deliver a review on the stakeholder consensus consolidated during the Workshop organised on 6-7 February 2019 in Brussels, BE.

Practical Guidance for Industry on the Use of Food Processing and Detoxification Treatments on Mycotoxin Contamination Report Series – Completed

Background & Objectives
The aim of this activity is to form specific guidance for industry based on the scientific findings of the expert group on ‘Reactions and Potential Mitigation of Mycotoxins during Food Processing’ which were published in Mycotoxin Research.

Output
This activity produced a report Series to help international food producers to adapt their processes and national/inter national official bodies to recommend mycotoxin mitigation treatment to food producers. This publication could be periodically enriched with new literature and extended to other commodities or innovative processes.

Expert Group Members

Mineral Oil Risk Assessment: Knowledge Gaps and Roadmap

Workshop − Mineral Oil Risk Assessment: Knowledge Gaps and Roadmap
In collaboration with the Packaging Materials Toxins Task Force

Practical Guidance for Industry on the Use of Food Processing and Detoxification Treatments on Mycotoxin Contamination Report Series – Completed

Publications

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