Invitation for the 2nd Webinar on Food Chemistry


 

Dear Colleagues,

the Food Chemistry Division of the European Chemical Society (FCD-EuChemS) has the pleasure to invite you for the 2nd Webinar on Food Chemistry that will be held on June 17th, 2021 at 15:00 (CEST).

We are delighted to welcome you to the webinar on “Emerging mycotoxins in the food chain: Analytical challenges and food safety” by Prof. Dr. Doris Marko.

Doris Marko is a Professor of Food Chemistry at the University of Vienna (https://lmc.univie.ac.at). With a dual education in food chemistry and toxicology, she synergistically combines both fields to address pressing questions for consumer safety. One prominent research focus is the largely unexplored spectrum of the so called “emerging” mycotoxins and their potential impact on human health. Emerging mycotoxins are secondary metabolites of fungi, where limitation of occurrence data and/or toxicological characterization does not allow a comprehensive risk assessment. Emerging mycotoxins are neither monitored nor regulated in their occurrence. But are they really without risk?

In 1985 - the FAO estimated that about 25% of the global food crops are contaminated with mycotoxins. Since then, global climate change has impacted the occurrence spectrum of respective fungi and, at the same time, improvement in analytics has enabled milestones in sensitivity. Nowadays, estimations speculate up to a contamination rate of 70-80%. In addition to the few regulated mycotoxins such as aflatoxins or ochratoxin A, now hundreds of additional secondary metabolites can be detected. But are these novel multitoxin method approaches just a “nice to have” or do we still overlook important threads for human health? Doris Marko will provide insights on strategies and challenges to elucidate the occurrence and fate of selected candidates out of these group of emerging contaminants. In her presentation she will bridge the spectrum from analytical food chemistry to food toxicology, underlining the important contribution of food chemistry for consumer safety.

 

To participate in the webinar, please register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN___XIQL1cRFi4y_bCsqPDsg

We look forward for your participation,

With kind regards,

 

FCD-EuChemS

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