Presence of mycotoxins in African foodstuffs.

The management of mycotoxin risk is influenced, among other factors, by the knowledge of the operator, the regulatory context, economic and geo-physical conditions, and all aspects that need to be investigated. To this end, we would like to request your cooperation to help build a better information and knowledge base on mycotoxins through the present survey. 

Five questionnaires were prepared to cover different groups of food operators, namely: 

  1. Farmers 
  2. Food processors 
  3. Food scientists 
  4. Food traders 
  5. Food policy makers 

Kindly also fill and send back your own questionnaire corresponding to your profile by 30 April 2021 at the latest.

The results of the survey will be publicly available and will help better understand the local conditions of mycotoxin contamination and knowledge on Africa as a necessary precondition for effective action to be taken. This work is realised through a collaboration between the African Society of Mycotoxicology, the MycoKey and Mytox-South networks and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the EC.

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Aflatoxins are highly toxic metabolites of several Aspergillus species widely distributed throughout the environment. These toxins have adverse effects on humans and livestock at a few micrograms per kilogram (μg/kg) concentrations. Kenya has the most recorded outbreaks of aflatoxicosis, that has resulted into death, in Africa. Aflatoxins affect not only human and animal health, but also food security and trade. Though produced in small quantities, the ease with which these highly potent, carcinogenic metabolites permeate farmers’ fields, and crop value chain, is of grave concern. Most aflatoxin-susceptible commodities are also staple foods in Africa.

This webinar brought together guests speakers form Government agencies on food safety and regulation, the World Food Programme, Cereal Millers Association, and researchers, who are working tirelessly to manage aflatoxin exposure in Kenya.

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1 March 2021. Biomin webinar. 

BIOMIN and Romer Labs hosted an exclusive webinar featuring an in-depth discussion on upcoming mycotoxin threats to poultry, swine, ruminants and aquaculture worldwide based on recent BIOMIN Mycotoxin Survey results. We also explored the latest on-site rapid test methods for mycotoxin detection. What you’ll learn – Upcoming mycotoxin threats in livestock feed across the globe – Rapid, on-site testing solutions for mycotoxins – The dangers posed by the presence of multiple mycotoxins and emerging mycotoxins – The key components of an effective mycotoxin risk management program.

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