Food and feed safety: Cases and approaches to identify the responsible toxins and toxicants

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There are food and feed safety monitoring programs to protect consumers. These programs however, are strongly focused on known and regulated substances. New or unexpected substances that might be of risk for consumers will thus escape routine controls. These risks are therefore mainly discovered by human or animal intoxications. All kind of analytical chemical methods, in-vitro bioassays, tracking, and chain analysis are then used to reveal the substance(s) responsible for the intoxication. Only in a few occasions (new) risks were revealed in time by analytical chemical methods or cell based in-vitro bioassays. This paper describes some relevant food and feed safety cases and how the causative substances were identified. This overview strongly indicates that more intense monitoring, including the use of cell based effect bioassays, can reduce the number of intoxications. Moreover, registration and follow-up actions should be arranged in a better way, for example by sharing information within the scientific communities or by establishing a national contact point. In addition, a strategy based on broad screening and bioassay directed identification with liquid chromatography high resolution mass spectrometry is proposed to prevent intoxications and identify toxin and toxicants relevant for food and feed safety.

LanguageEnglish
Pages9-18
JournalFood Control
Volume98
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2019

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Food Safety
toxic substances
Biological Assay
poisoning
toxins
bioassays
Information Dissemination
monitoring
Liquid Chromatography
liquid chromatography
Mass Spectrometry
mass spectrometry
cells
screening
methodology
animals
In Vitro Techniques

Keywords

  • Effect directed analysis
  • Feed and food safety
  • Identification strategy
  • In-vitro bioassays
  • Intoxications

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