Project

Method development and phytotoxin surveys for Statutory Research Tasks


Goal

The general goal of the project is to develop analytical methods that can be used to obtain information on the occurrence and significance of phytotoxins in food. At the present time, EU regulations for phytotoxins are virtually non-existent, but the Netherlands does have legislation in this area (the Herbal Preparations [Commodities Act] Decree). Harmonised EU regulations for phytotoxins are expected to be adopted in the near future. The EFSA has issued opinions on pyrrolizidine alkaloids and tropane alkaloids. The research has Dutch and strong international components, which means large numbers of different stakeholders are interested in the findings.

 

Method for phytotoxins

1.  Research of Lupine alkaloids in specific products

2.  Extraction of phytotoxins from herbs used in making tea

3.  Screening of nutritional supplements for controlled plants, phytotoxins and pharmaceuticals

4.  Tropane alkaloids in baby food and grain-based food for adults

5.  The application of ion mobility as an additional separation method for analysing phytotoxins in nutritional supplements

 

Results

This research is generally important for obtaining insight into the extent to which phytotoxins pose a risk to consumers. It is relevant to plant contaminants in food as well as relatively new foodstuffs such as lupin and herb-based nutritional supplements.


Publications


Goal

The general goal of the project is to develop analytical methods that can be used to obtain information on the occurrence and significance of phytotoxins in food. At the present time, EU regulations for phytotoxins are virtually non-existent, but the Netherlands does have legislation in this area (the Herbal Preparations [Commodities Act] Decree). Harmonised EU regulations for phytotoxins are expected to be adopted in the near future. The EFSA has issued opinions on pyrrolizidine alkaloids and tropane alkaloids. The research has Dutch and strong international components, which means large numbers of different stakeholders are interested in the findings.

 

Method for phytotoxins

1.  Research of Lupine alkaloids in specific products

2.  Extraction of phytotoxins from herbs used in making tea

3.  Screening of nutritional supplements for controlled plants, phytotoxins and pharmaceuticals

4.  Tropane alkaloids in baby food and grain-based food for adults

5.  The application of ion mobility as an additional separation method for analysing phytotoxins in nutritional supplements

 

Results

This research is generally important for obtaining insight into the extent to which phytotoxins pose a risk to consumers. It is relevant to plant contaminants in food as well as relatively new foodstuffs such as lupin and herb-based nutritional supplements.


Publications