Food Safety and quality is a major research topic due to the increasing concern of consumers with public health related issues, along with the stronger sanitary standards set by the EU for agriproduct importation. Mycotoxin contamination of food and feedstuffs is among the top priority issues regarding human and animal safety, along with the economic losses they are responsible for. Although several mycotoxin surveys have been performed on cereals in the Latin America South Cone countries, the surveillance data are incomplete and widely dispersed. The control of mycotoxins is currently pursued mainly through quality control and regulatory procedures. However, the analytical methods (mainly chromatographic) currently used for mycotoxin determination need sophisticated equipment and trained analysts, which makes them unsuitable for routine on-field assessment. There is an urgent need for other accurate, simple and cost-effective techniques. There is also an urgent need for a systematic/proactive, cost-effective approach towards the control of mycotoxins throughout the agrifood chains. The proposed project will address the methodological and analytical issues associated with the establishment of a Food Quality Management System (FQMS), for controlling mycotoxins in cereal chains, in Latin America South Cone countries.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
23020-470 Rio De Janeiro
ME4 4TB Chatham
1428 Buenos Aires