Rapid testing and regulating for mycotoxin concerns: a perspective from developing countries

06 Jul 2016

Among the many hurdles faced by developing countries, food safety with respect to mycotoxin contamination has frequently been side-lined with few countries having regulations and with poor enforcement where they do exist. Whereas commodity exporters may have the resources for engaging commercial accredited laboratories, the greatest challenge is found in rural, predominantly subsistence or smallholder farms, where conventional food surveillance is lacking. Rapid methods, designed for use in field conditions, where electricity is lacking or unreliable, can offer some solution to these problems. The World Food Programme's ?Blue Box? is an example of how technology can be adapted for these rural areas. The recent development of temperature stable aptamers and smart mobile phone technology may further enhance efforts to provide food safety in these areas.