Special Issue "Food Safety and Natural Toxins"
A special issue of Toxins (ISSN 2072-6651).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 May 2019) | Viewed by 18275
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Special Issue in Toxins: Plant Toxins Affecting Animal Health and Production
Natural toxins are poisonous secondary metabolites produced by living organisms, which are typically not harmful to the organisms themselves but can impact on human or animal health when consumed. Common sources of such toxins include poisonous plant, fungi, algae and bacteria, and the diversity of these biological systems presents challenges to analytical chemists and wide-ranging food safety implications when present as contaminants in food commodities. The propensity for such toxins to be present in both animal feed and human food has led to the introduction of regulations for a small number of the most potent natural toxins, particularly mycotoxins and pyrrolizidine alkaloids. Implementation of these regulations necessitates the establishment of high throughput analytical chemistry methods, such as LC-MS and GC-MS, with increasingly lower limits of detection, and the production of isotopically labelled analogues as internal standards to increase the reliability of analysis in complex matrices. Impacts of plant toxins are not limited to grazing livestock but can be carried through the food chain, with some toxins, such as indospicine, being demonstrated to accumulate in tissues of grazing animals and cause secondary poisoning in animals consuming meat from these livestock. Pyrrolizidine alkaloids also have generated significant concern in recent years as potential contaminants in honey through pollen and nectar transfer from flowers into this common food commodity. This Special Issue will focus on analysis of natural toxins, their incidence from source organisms to food and feed commodities, and implications for food safety.
Prof. Mary Fletcher
Dr. Gabi Netzel
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- natural toxins
- plant toxins
- residue analysis
- food safety