General information

Worldwide aspects

Mycotoxins are dealt with by several international organisations. In general, aspects of food and feed hygiene dominate the published documents on these contaminants, while aspects of ecotoxicological relevance and environmental safety of mycotoxins are still "orphan topics" worldwide.

WHO/FAO, Codex Alimentarius

Within the complex Codex Alimentarius process of evaluating mycotoxins, the Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) plays a major role by providing scientific advice. JECFA documents are available for several mycotoxins, including aflatoxins, sterigmatocystin, ochratoxin A, zearalenone, deoxynivalenol, T-2/HT-2 toxins, 4,15-diacetoxyscirpenol, fumonisins and patulin. 
The summaries of evaluations with links to the respective reports and monographs are available in the Database of evaluation summaries.

Documents of specific relevance within the European Union (EU)

Since 2003 information about mycotoxins has been compiled by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) "panels".  Please consider the EFSA homepage.

Please also consider the important regulation (EC) No. 1881/2006.

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