Mycotoxins: time for a global rethink?
Much remains unknown about mycotoxins. A much better understanding is needed of their effects and how to mitigate their impact on human wellbeing, farm animal wellbeing and reducing food waste to bolster food security, says Chris Elliott.
Advances in analytical science have brought about a much deeper knowledge of the broad spectrum of mycotoxins that fungi can produce. Thus, human exposure studies can be conducted to undertake risk assessments which, in turn, guide regulations. I fully understand the rationale for how regulators work and what a difficult job they have in balancing food safety and food security, but still I think the processes are somewhat flawed.
To me this is like undertaking risk assessments for boxing, but making separate assessments for blows to the head, the ribs, the kidneys and so on. The point I am trying to make is that the risk is to the boxer, not to their individual components. So why should mycotoxins be different?
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