Safe food and feed through an integrated toolbox for mycotoxin management: the MyToolBox approach

Krska, R., de Nijs, M., McNerney, O., Pichler, M., Gilbert, J., Edwards, S.G., Suman, M., Magan, N., Rossi, V., van der Fels-Klerx, H.J., Bagi, F., Poschmaier, B., Sulyok, M., Berthiller, F. and van Egmond, H.P. (2016) Safe food and feed through an integrated toolbox for mycotoxin management: the MyToolBox approach. World Mycotoxin Journal, 9 (4). pp. 487-495.

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There is a pressing need to mobilise the wealth of knowledge from the international mycotoxin research conducted over the past 25-30 years, and to perform cutting-edge research where knowledge gaps still exist. This knowledge needs to be integrated into affordable and practical tools for farmers and food processors along the chain in order to reduce the risk of mycotoxin contamination of crops, feed and food. This is the mission of MyToolBox – a four-year project which has received funding from the European Commission. It mobilises a multi-actor partnership (academia, farmers, technology small and medium sized enterprises, food industry and policy stakeholders) to develop novel interventions aimed at achieving a significant reduction in crop losses due to mycotoxin contamination. Besides a field-to-fork approach, MyToolBox also considers safe use options of contaminated batches, such as the efficient production of biofuels. Compared to previous efforts of mycotoxin reduction strategies, the distinguishing feature of MyToolBox is to provide the recommended measures to the end users along the food and feed chain in a web-based MyToolBox platform (e-toolbox). The project focuses on small grain cereals, maize, peanuts and dried figs, applicable to agricultural conditions in the EU and China. Crop losses using existing practices are being compared with crop losses after novel pre-harvest interventions including investigation of genetic resistance to fungal infection, cultural control (e.g. minimum tillage or crop debris treatment), the use of novel biopesticides suitable for organic farming, competitive biocontrol treatment and development of novel modelling approaches to predict mycotoxin contamination. Research into post-harvest measures includes real-time monitoring during storage, innovative sorting of crops using vision-technology, novel milling technology and studying the effects of baking on mycotoxins at an industrial scale.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: pre-harvest and post-harvest management, integrated mycotoxin management, thermal processing, decision support, dried distillers' grain soluble
Divisions: Crop and Environment Sciences (to 31.07.20)
Depositing User: Ms Kath Osborn
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2016 19:57
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2019 14:20

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