Improved and Innovative Actions for Mycotoxin Management in the Food and Feed Chain 2.0
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2. Coordinating Research Centres (CRC), Innovation for Well-Being and Environment (I-WE), Università degli Studi di Milano, Milan, Italy
Interests: animal nutrition; mycotoxins; feed; cell-based bioassay
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2. CRC I-WE (Coordinating Research Centre: Innovation for Well-Being and Environment), Università degli Studi di Milano, 20133 Milan, Italy
Interests: milk quality; nutrition; micronutrients; lipophilic compounds; methyl groups; alternative feed ingredients
Mycotoxins are one of the most relevant threats for food/feed safety and security because of the large economic and human and animal health impact. The globalization of the trade in agricultural commodities, the climate change scenario that moves important mycotoxins into new areas, the need to manage mycotoxins during epidemic years, and the lack of legislative harmonization have contributed significantly to the discussion about the awareness of mycotoxins entering the food supply chain. Mycotoxins are hard to beat, and the challenge is to minimise the effects. In the Special Issue “Improved and Innovative Actions for Mycotoxin Management in the Food and Feed Chain” we tried to answer several still open questions, and several improved and innovative actions for mycotoxin management in the food and feed chain were presented; however, a silver bullet to tackle mycotoxin threats is still unavailable. It is undeniable that the mycotoxin problem demands an integrated approach using proactive, innovative, and improved strategic actions all along the feed and food chain. Looking further ahead, we will be asked to managing mycotoxins in a sustainable future, in a global warming scenario and to move from science to practice.
Improved, innovative, and smart actions are needed to overcome the major challenges posed by mycotoxin contamination and to improve food/feed safety and security at a global level. What happens in the plant when a fungus (and toxin) is formed? Genetic improvements to crops and biotechnology are useful tools for reducing mycotoxin contamination in crops? What happens in storage? What happen during food and feed processing and how can we ensure sustainable management of mycotoxins in food and feed production processes? Can we reduce the waste of mycotoxin-contaminated food and feed? What is the effect of climate change? Mycotoxins never come alone, the co-occurrence of mycotoxins can affect both the level of mycotoxin production and the toxicity of the contaminated material. How to deal with 'emerging mycotoxins' or 'modified mycotoxins'? Rapid and on-site analytical methods are needed. Finally, the emergence of innovative solutions in mycotoxin management requires support from modelling strategies and digitalisation.
The aim of this issue is to provide an update on the improved, innovative, and smart actions for advanced management in the food and feed chain. Original research articles and literature reviews concerning the topic of the issue are welcome, including occurrence studies, economic and commodity trade analysis.
Prof. Dr. Federica Cheli
Prof. Dr. Luciano Pinotti
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- mycotoxins detoxification
- analysis and sampling
- modelling strategies
- exposure and risk assessment
- climate change
- commodity trade