Special Issue "Determination and Risk Assessment of Potentially Toxic Elements and Other Environmental Pollutants in Food Chain"

A special issue of Toxics (ISSN 2305-6304). This special issue belongs to the section "Risk Assessment and Risk Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Teresa Cirillo
Guest Editor
Department of Agricultural Sciences, University of Naples Federico II, Via Università, 100-80055 Portici (NA), Italy
Interests: public health; toxicology; endocrine disruptors; heavy metals; risk assessment
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Prof. Carmen Rubio-Armendariz

Guest Editor
Department of Toxicology, Universidad de La Laguna, 38071 La Laguna, S/C de Tenerife, Spain
Interests: Toxicology, risk assessment, potentially toxic elements

Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues, 

Potentially toxic elements (PTE) are widespread contaminants of different environmental compartments whose occurrence could affect the safety of food and feed. Vegetables, fruit, and cereals are able to accumulate PTEs, mainly heavy metals, especially during plant growth. Despite their recognized toxicity, only a few of them are controlled by European regulations. Therefore a risk characterization also related to the cumulative toxicity of the elements is required on the perspective of the dietary exposure to heavy metals, for which a legal limit is yet to be established. To date, one of the most interesting topics is the risk assessment related to the dietary exposure to other environmental emerging contaminants, such as perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs) and nanoplastics.

Therefore, this Special Issue seeks to provide the most recent research on deterministic and probabilistic risk assessment of consumers through dietary exposure to heavy metals and emerging pollutants.

Prof. Teresa Cirillo
Prof. Carmen Rubio-Armendariz
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Toxics is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • heavy metals
  • emerging pollutants
  • dietary exposure
  • risk characterization
  • intake
  • deterministic and probabilistic assessment

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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