Effective, rapid and cheap tests to detect contaminants in food and feed are a pre-requisite to cope with the many challenges control authorities are confronted with. JRC scientists contributed to the development and validation of novel rapid methods for the simplified detection of certain drugs (antibiotics) in honey and mould toxins (mycotoxins) in cereals. As a consequence industries and control laboratories have better and cost-effective methods and consumers benefit with safe food products.
Between 2007 and 2012 there were approximately 100 alerts for honey and royal jelly reported on the European Union's Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF). Pollination by bees is essential to the sustainability of several agricultural sectors; making health of bee colonies essential as they have a big economic and environmental impact. Mycotoxins are a recurrent contaminant problem challenging detection methods to ensure consumer protection.
Read more in:
Veronica M. T. Lattanzio, Christoph von Holst, Angelo Visconti; Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry;; Experimental design for in-house validation of a screening immunoassay kit. The case of a multiplex dipstick for Fusarium mycotoxins in cereals; September 2013, Volume 405, Issue 24, pp 7773-7782.
Katharina Heinrich, Roy Macarthur, Christoph von Holst, Matthew Sharman; An inter-laboratory validation of a multiplex dipstick assay for four classes of antibiotics in honey; Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry; September 2013, Volume 405, Issue 24, pp 7875-7884. http://rd.springer.com/journal/216/405/24/page/1