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The awareness about mycotoxin contamination of food and feed: a survey in the Flemish population

Melanie Sanders (UGent) , Gilke De Middeleer (UGent) , Steffi Vervaet (UGent) , Jeroen Walravens (UGent) , Mario Van de Velde (UGent) , Christel Detavernier (UGent) , Sarah De Saeger (UGent) and Benedikt Sas (UGent)
(2015) WORLD MYCOTOXIN JOURNAL. 8(3). p.375-380
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The objective of this quantitative survey (n=520) was to determine the awareness of the risks of mycotoxin contaminated food and feed throughout the Flemish population. The study highlighted gaps in food and feed safety knowledge regarding mould growth and consequently the presence of mycotoxins. Most people were aware of the negative effects of mould species in food or feed. Around 60% of the people picked out moulds as the producers of mycotoxins, but the majority did not have an idea about the toxicity of these toxins, especially towards plants. Respondents were also asked about possible food products where mould growth could occur and who is responsible for guarding the safety of food and feed with respect to moulds and mycotoxins. All answers and considerations are presented and discussed. Education on mycotoxins should be the focus of the whole population in the near future.
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TOXIGENIC FUNGI, Flemish population, OCHRATOXIN, CEREALS, FRUITS, GRAPES, STATE, questionnaire, contamination, mycotoxins, moulds

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Sanders, Melanie et al. “The Awareness About Mycotoxin Contamination of Food and Feed: a Survey in the Flemish Population.” WORLD MYCOTOXIN JOURNAL 8.3 (2015): 375–380. Print.
APA
Sanders, M., De Middeleer, G., Vervaet, S., Walravens, J., Van de Velde, M., Detavernier, C., De Saeger, S., et al. (2015). The awareness about mycotoxin contamination of food and feed: a survey in the Flemish population. WORLD MYCOTOXIN JOURNAL, 8(3), 375–380.
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Sanders, Melanie, Gilke De Middeleer, Steffi Vervaet, Jeroen Walravens, Mario Van de Velde, Christel Detavernier, Sarah De Saeger, and Benedikt Sas. 2015. “The Awareness About Mycotoxin Contamination of Food and Feed: a Survey in the Flemish Population.” World Mycotoxin Journal 8 (3): 375–380.
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Sanders, Melanie, Gilke De Middeleer, Steffi Vervaet, Jeroen Walravens, Mario Van de Velde, Christel Detavernier, Sarah De Saeger, and Benedikt Sas. 2015. “The Awareness About Mycotoxin Contamination of Food and Feed: a Survey in the Flemish Population.” World Mycotoxin Journal 8 (3): 375–380.
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Sanders M, De Middeleer G, Vervaet S, Walravens J, Van de Velde M, Detavernier C, et al. The awareness about mycotoxin contamination of food and feed: a survey in the Flemish population. WORLD MYCOTOXIN JOURNAL. 2015;8(3):375–80.
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M. Sanders et al., “The awareness about mycotoxin contamination of food and feed: a survey in the Flemish population,” WORLD MYCOTOXIN JOURNAL, vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 375–380, 2015.
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  journal      = {WORLD MYCOTOXIN JOURNAL},
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  language     = {eng},
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  title        = {The awareness about mycotoxin contamination of food and feed: a survey in the Flemish population},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.3920/WMJ2014.1743},
  volume       = {8},
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