Special Issue "Exposure and Risk Assessment for Mycotoxins"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2016)
In accordance with the concept of “One Health” and “Exposome”, the protection of public health is becoming more and more important.
In this context, risk assessment, as a science-led process for establishing the likelihood of adverse effects to human health and the environment from exposure to risk sources, is facing new challenges, derived from emerging and re-emerging risks, as in the case of mycotoxins, which represent a real burden, worldwide, for both food security and food safety.
In the frame of risk assessment, exposure assessment represents a relevant issue in quantifying risks. In order to refer to reliable outputs, uncertainties, and variability, such as the restricted number of observations, the lack of consumption data and/or the use of improper consumption and occurrence databases, and other sources of error leading to the wrong conclusions for at-risk groups, such as infants, toddlers, children and adolescents, pregnant women, vegetarians, and immunodeficient subjects, have to be considered carefully.
In performing risk and exposure assessment studies, multiple approaches can be followed, such as deterministic vs. probabilistic (modeling), monitoring and/or surveillance programs, Total Diet Studies (TDS), and to continue the development of, and updating of, bio-monitoring studies. The use of biomarkers is proving to be very helpful in the assessment of dietary intakes and occupational exposure. All these issues need to be stressed and highlighted in an even more comprehensive way in order to attempt to associate the intake of mycotoxins with specific pathologies, emphasizing the ones occurring in developed countries where concomitant confounding factors are more present.
The focus of this Special Issue of Toxins will be on epidemiological evidence related to mycotoxin intake, the consideration of modified forms of mycotoxins in exposure assessment and risk characterization, the occupational risk related to mycotoxin-contaminated dust inhalation, the exposure of vulnerable population groups, and the outputs from TDS.
Dr. Carlo Brera
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- (re)emerging risks
- modified mycotoxins
- risk assessment, total diet studies
- biomonitoring studies
- occupational exposure
- exposure of vulnerable groups
- modeling approaches
- food intake
- monitoring/surveillance plans