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Euromix: European Test and Risk Assessment Strategies for Mixtures

Description

Euromix is a large-scale European Horizon2020 research project within the consortium 21 leading research institutions in Europe, the WHO and five international partners. The project aims to develop an evidence-based and standardized strategy for aggregated and cumulative risk assessment of chemicals (eg. pesticides or mycotoxins) that may occur together in a wide variety in foods. With In silico, in vitro and in vivo tests, the combined risks of these substances will be evaluated in terms of developmental disorders, endocrine effects and liver and immune toxicity, so that the best clustering and additional bioassay toolbox for risk assessment for these chemicals can be obtained. Ghent University will specifically work on the liver toxicity testing and the assessment of the cumulative exposure through dietary patterns. Obviously a large-scale project as this could not be isolated: all possible parties involved in the food chain will be able to comment the project progress - from farmers and manufacturers to scientists, policy makers and consumers. Ghent University has within the consortium a pioneering role to interact with these stakeholders.
To make sure all parties implement the new strategy into their daily operation in the future, there will be focused on developing a web application and accessory information and training channels, where optimized cumulative risk assessment can be monitored by all stakeholders. Furthermore, international cooperation will be stimulated by harmonization of a standardized cumulative risk assessment of these chemicals in the food industry through the international partners worldwide.

Period

May 15, 2015 - May 15, 2019

Staff

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