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Prevention of ochratoxin a in cereals

Objective

Ochratoxin A (OTA) is a mycotoxin of considerable concern for human health and is classified as a possible human carcinogen. The scientific Committee for Food has concluded that the intake of OTA should be reduced as far as possible, e.g. below 5 ng/kg body weight/day. Cereals normally correspond to 50-80% of average consumer intake. Consequently, prevention of OTA formation by specific moulds in cereals would have a significant impact on levels of human exposure. The aim of this multidisciplinary project is to identify the key elements in an effective HACCP programme for OTA in cereals, and provide tools for preventative and control procedures. The OTA producing fungi will be identified and characterised in order to identify the sources of contamination. New knowledge concerning the microbial ecology of the OTA producing fungi will be provided. Rapid detection methods of OTA (biosensor) and for producing fungi (ELISA and PCR) will be developed.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

N/A

Participants (12)

AB AKRON-MASKINER
Sweden
Address
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531 04 Lidkoeping
ADGEN LTD.
United Kingdom
Address
Newes Gate
KA6 5HW Auchincruive - Ayr
CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY*
United Kingdom
Address
Wharley End
MK43 0AL Cranfield,bedford
NATIONAL VETERINARY AND FOOD RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Finland
Address
Hsmeentie 57
00231 Helsinki
OY PANIMOLABORATORIO-BRYGGERILABORATORIUM AB
Finland
Address
Tietotie 2
02151 Espoo
STIFTELSEN JTI - INSTITUTET FÖR JORDBRUKS- OCH MILJOTEKNIK
Sweden
Address
Ultunaallen 4
750 05 Uppsala
SVENSKA LANTMAENNEN EK. FOER.
Sweden
Address

10425 Stockholm
TECHNICAL RESEARCH CENTRE OF FINLAND
Finland
Address
5,Vuorimiehentie 5
02044 Espoo
TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF DENMARK
Denmark
Address
Dtu, Blgd. 221
2800 Lyngby
THE MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES AND FOOD
United Kingdom
Address
Sand Hutton
YO41 1LZ York
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK
Ireland
Address
Western Road Biomerit
30 Cork
UNIVERSITY OF ROME "LA SAPIENZA"
Italy
Address
2,Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma