How to best ensure the lowest level of Pyrrolizidine Alkaloids during food production

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How to best ensure the lowest level of Pyrrolizidine Alkaloids during food production

Virtual Event | September 17, 10:30 - 12:00 PM EST

Published: Thursday, September 10, 2020

Event date: 9/17/2020 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Export event

This free virtual event will bring together experts of the Agrifood industry and policymakers to inform and discuss the impact of Pyrrolizidine Alkaloids (PAs) on food production to help all actors in the supply chain to be prepared for a maximum level while ensuring unintended contamination will be kept as low as technically possible. The event is being presented by the agricultural European Innovation Partnership (EIP-AGRI), which works to foster competitive and sustainable farming and forestry and contributes to ensuring a steady supply of food, feed and biomaterials in harmony with the essential natural resources on which farming depends.

Presenters will discuss:

  • What are Pyrrolizidine Alkaloids?
  • How do they enter the Food Chain?
  • How do Pyrrolizidne Alkaloids and the Regulation 1881/2006 impact the Agri-Food Industry?
  • How can we ensure the lowest levels during Food Production?

Pyrrolizidine Alkaloids are contaminants found in various food products, including tea and herbal infusion, food supplements, honey and medical plants. The collection of the crop plant together with the unintentional collection of PAs rich plants through weeds causes the contamination. Only 3-4 plants are enough to contaminate around 1000 kg of food products. Therefore, the European Commission have planned to set limits for the PAs linked to the Regulation 1881/2006 which already implemented the maximum levels of some contaminants in food products. Although there is not yet enough evidence and data yet, the level of alarm is very high due to the possible carcinogenic, mutagenic and reprotoxic impact on our health. However, zero PAs is almost impossible to achieve, hence, an agricultural system which guarantees the minimization of PA will have competitive advantages in the European market.

You are cordially invited to join on Thursday, September 17 from 10:30am-12pm Eastern Time.

Register here.


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