Special Issue "Improved Analytical Technologies for the Detection of Natural Toxins and Their Metabolites in Food"
A special issue of Toxins (ISSN 2072-6651).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (29 February 2020).
A printed edition of this Special Issue is available here.
Interests: natural toxins; food safety; analytical methods
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Food, by nature, is a biological substrate and is therefore capable of supporting the growth of microbials that are potential producers of toxic compounds. Natural toxins can include mycotoxins, marine biotoxins, plant toxins, cyanogenic glycosides, and toxins occurring in poisonous mushrooms.
Natural toxins pose not only a risk to both human and animal health, but also impact food security and nutrition by reducing people’s access to healthy food. The risk assessments of natural toxins in food are used by bodies setting national and intergovernmental standards to establish the allowable maximum levels in food or to provide other risk management advice to control or prevent contamination.
The tracking and detection of natural toxins in foods back to their source is a primary responsibility of food producers, distributors, handlers, and vendors. National authorities should conduct monitoring and ensure that levels of the most relevant natural toxins in food commodities comply with both national and international maximum levels, conditions, and legislation.
This Special Issue of Toxins aims to explore the key improvements of analytical methodologies for the detection of natural toxins and their metabolites in food, as well as to highlight the challenges yet to be resolved.
We are particularly interested in contributions describing:
- scientific and technological innovations which hold promise for method application to risk assessment studies and food safety controls;
- reliable methodologies suitable for implementation in industries for autocontrol, HACCP plans, and process management;
- rapid, sustainable, and cost-effective technologies to be applied in developing countries that have poor resources and analytical capacity;
- up-to-date QC procedures and/or metrological tools, with an emphasis on multitoxin analysis.
Dr. Veronica Maria Teresa Lattanzio
Manuscript Submission Information
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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 double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Toxins is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly 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 2400 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.
- natural toxins
- food safety
- liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry
- alternative receptors
- method validation
- quality control/quality assurance