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Due to climate change, there has been an increase in occurrence of mycotoxins in food and food ingredients. Multiple strategies have been developed to reduce mycotoxin risks before harvest (in the field), after harvest (in storage, transportation, or processing), and in diets. Developed nations have stricter limits for mycotoxins as compared to developing nations. Strict mycotoxin standards mean that developing nations will export their best quality foods and keep more heavily contaminated foods for domestic consumption, resulting in higher mycotoxin exposure in developing countries. Using Deoxynivalenol (DON, vomitoxin) as a case study, this research project will shed light on the potential human health impacts of the new Codex DON regulations on wheat trade worldwide.

Institution: Michigan State University
Principal Investigator: Felicia Wu, PhD
Amount Awarded: $50,000
Year Awarded: 2018

Read more: Risk Assessment of Dietary Deoxynivalenol Exposure in Wheat Products Worldwide: Are New Codex DON Guidelines Adequately Protective?

Learn more about the ILSI North America Food and Chemical Safety Committee.