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Vol. 30 No. 6
November-December 2008

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Mycotoxins and Phycotoxins: Proceedings of the XIIth International IUPAC Symposium

Food Additives and Contaminants
Volume 25, Issue 2, February 2008
Guest Editors: Hamide Z. Senyuva & Hans P. van Egmond

The proceedings of the XIIth IUPAC Symposium on Mycotoxins and Phycotoxins have now been published in Food Additives and Contaminants and in the World Mycotoxin Journal. This symposium, which was held in Istanbul from 21–25 May 2007, was part of an ongoing series of symposia, initiated by IUPAC in 1972. In Istanbul the attendance record was established, with more than 580 attendees representing 65 countries.

The symposium was organized by TÜBITAK-Ankara Test and Analysis Laboratory, with the support of an international team of leading scientists in the area of mycotoxins and phycotoxins. The scientific program of the symposium comprised 12 main sessions with presentations from 27 invited speakers who are well known worldwide and have renowned expertise in their fields. There were 105 oral presentations and 300 poster presentations selected by the symposium’s Scientific Committee, an exhibition of analytical instruments, and displays from food manufacturers. Moreover, workshops, satellite meetings, and parallel meetings hosted by international and European companies were held concurrently.

The IUPAC symposia have become the principal interdisciplinary meeting on mycotoxins and phycotoxins, facilitating an opportunity to gain an overview of research and development in analytical chemistry, risk assessment, effects on human health, and control and remediation strategies.

The keynote lectures by Timothy Phillips, “Reducing Human Exposure to Aflatoxins through Use of Clays,” and Benjamín A. Suarez-Isla, “The Need for New Functional and Analytical Methods for Marine Biotoxins,” set an excellent tone and provided inspiration for the entire symposium. The symposium sessions covered mycotoxins and human health, analytical techniques for mycotoxins, animal feed and dairy products, dried fruits, spices, botanicals and derived products, nuts, cereals and cereal-based products, coffee, cocoa and derived products, risk assessment, regulations and international trade, advances in toxicology, microcystins and other freshwater toxins, lipophylic shellfish toxins, paralytic shellfish poisoning toxins, amnesic shellfish poisoning toxins, and other marine toxins.

A selection of the plenary lectures have been published in a special issue of Food Additives and Contaminants [February 2008: 25(2); doi: 10.1080/02652030701788865 for access to the foreword]. This special issue, edited by Hamide Z. Senyuva and Hans P. van Egmond, and is available free online. A selection of the contributed papers on mycotoxins was published in a special issue of World Mycotoxin Journal [August 2008: 1(3)]. For titles see http://wageningenacademic.metapress.com/content/120817/. The accepted phycotoxin papers will be published in a forthcoming issue of Food Additives and Contaminants.

The 11 plenary lectures published in Food Additives and Contaminants reviewed progress in managing and reducing mycotoxins in the food chain, including cattle feed and dairy products, small grains and maize, botanicals and dried fruit, the grape-wine chain, peanuts, hazelnuts, and coffee. These reviews were complemented with papers covering the use of clays to reduce human exposure, examining the impact of mycotoxins on human health in developing countries, and providing an update on analytical tools essential for successful monitoring of reduction strategies.

A quick review of the 19 mycotoxin articles in the symposium issue of World Mycotoxin Journal shows that they focus on such areas as analysis, reference materials, occurrence, effects of processing, human exposure, toxicology, mechanism of action, modelling, and (biological) control of mycotoxigenic fungi. The scope of the papers is indicative of the multidisciplinary nature of the symposia. For more information about this special symposium issue, contact the publisher at <sales@wageningenacademic.com>.


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