This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects
run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy
Associated with Projects R5898, R6125, R6127 and R6091. A simple and
affordable diagnostic tool is allowing food companies to measure the
mycotoxin content of their foods. Mycotoxins are highly poisonous
compounds produced by certain moulds that grow on a wide variety of
foods and feeds. When eaten, they can cause disease and even death in
livestock and people. Mycotoxin ingestion causes about 250,000 deaths a
year in parts of sub- Saharan Africa. In cereals, edible nuts and
oilseeds, the distribution of mycotoxins is highly localised. The new
technology addresses this problem, zeroing in on infested areas
accurately. This will have a major impact on food safety and
productivity, significantly reducing the costs of testing. What is more
important, it is available to all players, including people in
developing countries with limited resources.
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (9
pp.) taken from the CD.
CPH17, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 99.