WP4c: Mycotoxins

Contaminants in food and feed

CONffIDENCE WP4c: Mycotoxins


Development of validated commodity multiplex dipstick tests for the determination of the Fusarium toxins DON, ZEA and T-2/HT- 2 in wheat, barley and oats; for DON, ZEA, T-2/HT-2 and FBs in maize and maize by-products for feeds; and for DON, ZEA, T-2/HT-2 and FBs in cereal based food.


WP4c focuses on mycotoxins. Fungi of the genus Fusarium are common plant pathogens occurring worldwide, mainly associated with cereal crops. The Fusarium mycotoxins have been implicated as the causative agents in a variety of animal and human diseases. They are widely distributed in the food chain. The major sources of dietary intake of Fusarium toxins in Europe are cereal based foods, mainly derived from wheat and maize. The Scientific Committee on Food has established tolerable daily intakes (TDI) for DON, ZEA, total fumonisins, and the sum of T-2 and HT-2 toxins. Maximum limits for DON, ZEA and fumonisins in cereals and cereal based food products have been set, and guidance values for feed have been established as well.

Multiplex screening assays will be developed addressing fumonisins (FB1, FB2), deoxynivalenol (DON), T-2 and HT-2 toxins, and zearalenone (ZEA) in feed, cereals and cereal based food.

Work Package leader

Dr. Angelo Visconti (National Research Council, Institute of Sciences of Food Productions, CNR-ISPA, IT)

Angelo Visconti is Director of CNR-ISPA. He is involved in numerous expert groups in the field of mycotoxins and toxigenic fungi at European and international level (ISPP, IUMS, AOAC, IUPAC, ILSI Europe etc.). He is responsible for tasks and coordinates several national and EU projects in the mycotoxin field in the framework of different DGXII programmes, BCR and MAT projects.

Work Package deputy leader

Dr. Anne Catherine Huet (Centre d’Economie Rurale, CER groupe, BE)

Anne Catherine Huet is a scientist with experience in the development of ELISA and Biosensor methods for the detection of residues. She is responsible for evaluation of immune response of rabbits as well as for characterization of antibodies.

For further information about the work package 4c , please contact leaderWP4c@conffidence.eu