Research Advances on Formation Mechanism, Detection Techniques and Control Methods of Biogenic Amines in Foods

A special issue of Foods (ISSN 2304-8158). This special issue belongs to the section "Food Quality and Safety".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 September 2024 | Viewed by 1207

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Department of Bioscience and Technology for Food, Agriculture and Environment, University of the Studies of Teramo, via Balzarini 1, 64100 Teramo, Italy
Interests: biogenic amines; food quality; by-products
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Department of Bioscience and Technology for Food, Agriculture and Environment, University of the Studies of Teramo, via Balzarini 1, 64100 Teramo, Italy
Interests: Maillard reaction products; lipid oxidation; antioxidant activity; enzymatic browning
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Dear Colleagues,

After a long period in which the main effort was to monitor the content of biogenic amines (BAs) in fermented foods, nowadays the scientific community is further considering the real impact on human beings, evaluating health implications, positive and negative effects driven by specific dietary patterns, and other strategies to both reduce people’s discomfort with foods and limit the incidence of hazardous contents in final products. This important change in pursuing research objectives must be complemented by general research on BAs and food patterns in order to encourage deputed authorities to update limits for diverse BAs in more food categories.

In foods, the occurrence of BAs can be correlated both to mechanism of BAs formation and degrading, and to transamination pathways; for this, not only it is fundamental to deepen our understanding of the microbiota, but likewise, many technological factors could have important influences.

Furthermore, taking into account the scientific evidence and risk assessment enables the establishment of more accurate guidelines for food producers and sellers, contributing to enhanced consumer protection.

Regular monitoring allows for the identification of foods with elevated levels of BAs, prompting necessary interventions such as product recalls or adjustments in production processes. Many substances (bioreceptors, chemoresponsive dyes, and fluorophores) could be potentially applicable in intelligent packaging systems using biogenic amines as target indicators of food quality and stability. In consideration of this, the development of affordable and faster analytical methods and new technologies for the rapid screening of BAs could be useful both to food production and to market retail.

Finally, we expect that the authors will be able to deepen the field by adding their knowledge and expertise via original research, projects, and support.

Prof. Dr. Maria Martuscelli
Prof. Dr. Dino Mastrocola
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  • biogenic amines
  • amino acid decarboxylase
  • amino acid oxidase
  • control methods
  • rapid methods
  • sensors
  • food process
  • intelligent packaging

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2 pages, 188 KiB  
Who Cares about Biogenic Amines?
by Luigi Esposito, Dino Mastrocola and Maria Martuscelli
Foods 2023, 12(21), 3900; - 24 Oct 2023
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Biogenic amines (BAs) have been under study since the early 1970s [...] Full article
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