Jonathan H. Williams
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Conference Proceeding or Document
Reducing Impact of Mycotoxins in Tropical Agriculture with Emphasis on Health and Trade in Africa
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Abstract: The Generally accepted model for the management of mycotoxins is regulation and the institutions usually identified as having a stake in mycotoxin contamination represent either producers/suppliers or regulators/consumers at both the global and the national levels. Stakeholders also service the need for analysis and enforcement of the regulations in trade. Consumers, although paying more, are passive stakeholders. The regulatory approach is effective for developed country food systems, but is ineffective for most situations in developing countries. Food systems and scales of production, processing, and the lack of effective means of assuring food with safe levels of mycotoxins prevent regulation from being effective in developing countries where the model applied Generally is one of denial or neglect. In these settings, a consumer management model is required to reduce mycotoxin exposure.