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Title: Portuguese children dietary exposure to multiple mycotoxins - an overview of risk assessment under MYCOMIX project
Author: Assunção, Ricardo
Martins, Carla
Vasco, Elsa
Jager, Alessandra
Oliveira, Carlos
Cunha, Sara C.
Fernandes, José O.
Nunes, Baltazar
Loureiro, Susana
Alvito, Paula
Keywords: Cumulative risk assessment
Children
Multiple mycotoxins
Cereal-based foods
MYCOMIX project
Issue Date: Aug-2018
Publisher: Elsevier
Abstract: Mycotoxins are secondary fungi metabolites that induce acute and chronic toxic effects in humans and animals. Simultaneous contamination of cereal-based products by multiple mycotoxins has been increasingly reported, including in food products usually consumed by children. Although some previous authors assessed the health risk of children exposed to multiple mycotoxins, scarce data are available on the risk associated with the ingestion of multiple mycotoxins through different food products. MYCOMIX, a national funded project, intended to contribute to fill this gap. The present study aimed to overview the risk assessment of multiple mycotoxins performed under MYCOMIX, assessing for the first time, the risk associated with the exposure to 13 mycotoxins in breakfast cereals, infant cereals and biscuits consumed by children from Lisbon region, Portugal. Results on mycotoxins occurrence showed that 94% of samples were contaminated with at least one mycotoxin, although at levels below the legislated limits. Co-contamination was observed in 75% of the analysed samples. Estimated aflatoxins exposure suggested a potential adverse health effect for percentiles of intake above or equal to P50. The obtained results suggested that future research actions should be set in motion in order to protect children health.
Peer review: yes
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10773/37692
DOI: 10.1016/j.fct.2018.05.040
ISSN: 0278-6915
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