Risk Assessment of Mycotoxins in Food

Thematic objective: A.2 Support to education, research, technological development and innovation
Priority: Priority A.2.1 Support technological transfer and commercialisation of research results, strengthening the linkages between research, industry and other private sector actors
Brief description of the project: Mycotoxins mainly enter the food chain worldwide as contaminants and very hard to prevent and control. These chemicals can be found in Cereals and their derivatives, nuts, dried fruit, and spices and may enter into the diets of many population groups. The effect of mixtures is a critical aspect to assess the potency as many parental mycotoxins and a huge number of modified forms can be found as co-contaminants in food. The biological effects of mycotoxins can be observed at the different transcriptomic, proteomic and metabolomic levels and may result in a series of cellular and physiological effects. The integration of “Omics” methodologies may lead to the understanding of the effects of the human metabolism on the modulation of toxic effects. Contamination levels will be determined. For consumption estimate, different methodologies could be used. Contamination and consumption data will be integrated through deterministic methods or probabilistic models to draw exposure scenarios.
Main objectives – issues to be addressed: 1.Exposure assessment: occurrence and consumption (biomarkers of exposure). 2.Biologically-based models and OMICs: Integrating variability from biological processes in risk assessment, and co-exposure risk. 3.Risk communication with SMEs, R&D, industry, and regulatory to help affected communities understand the processes of risk assessment and management, to form scientifically valid perceptions of the likely hazards, and to participate in making decisions about how risk should be managed.
Expected results: Support an appropriate decision-making over the food contaminations, and provide regulatory bodies with reliable scientific findings. Building capacities and infrastructure, risk assessment, management and communication for safe food chain from residues.
Partners already involved: National Research Center of Egypt, Borj-cedria biotechnology center, Tunisia and Farhat Hached center of Tunisia.
Partners searched: Academia and R&D centers from Tunisia, Egypt, Italy, Malta, Denmark, The Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Spain.
Total estimated budget: 2.0 million Euros
First name: Amer
Last name: Al-Malahmeh
Name of the organisation: Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authurity-Aqaba international labs/BENHAYYAN
Type of organisation: Ministry or other national public administration
City: Aqaba
Country: Jordan
Email: amer.almalahmeh@gmail.com
Phone number: +962790674699
Skype contact: amer.malahmeh
Website: http://BENHAYYAN.com