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Advances, challenges and opportunities for point-of-need screening of mycotoxins in foods and feeds


The assurance of food and feed safety, including the identification and effective monitoring of multiple biological and chemical hazards is a major societal challenge, given the increasing pace at which food commodities are demanded, produced and traded across the globe. Within this context, mycotoxins are globally widespread secondary fungal metabolites, which can contaminate crops either in the field or during storage and have serious human and animal health impacts such as carcinogenic, teratogenic and hepatotoxic effects. Therefore, their presence in a wide range of foods and feeds is strictly regulated, particularly in the European Union. In order to perform an effective and routine monitoring of mycotoxin levels in the field prior to further processing, during transport or during processing, rapid, simple, portable and sensitive means of screening of regulated mycotoxins are in high demand. This review focuses on (1) discussing the relevance of mycotoxins and the standard approaches for their sampling and monitoring; and (2) compiling and discussing recent advances in miniaturized analytical tools for mycotoxin detection. This provides insights into current research efforts and opportunities to develop a truly integrated and fit-for-purpose analytical tool, suitable for use at critical points of the food, feed and raw material processing and distribution chains.

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The article was received on 26 Oct 2017, accepted on 07 Jan 2018 and first published on 08 Jan 2018

Article type: Critical Review
DOI: 10.1039/C7AN01762F
Citation: Analyst, 2018, Accepted Manuscript
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    Advances, challenges and opportunities for point-of-need screening of mycotoxins in foods and feeds

    R. Soares, A. Ricelli, C. Fanelli, D. Caputo, G. de Cesare, V. Chu, M. R. Aires-Barros and J. P. Conde, Analyst, 2018, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C7AN01762F

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