Alternatives to enforcement – working in partnership on mycotoxins
The project concluded that the pre-conditions of partnership working existed in each of the aforementioned sectors. Industry as a whole recognises the risk posed by mycotoxins and would welcome support on the management of mycotoxin risks.
There are aspects of mycotoxin risk management that could benefit from further development in most sectors, and potentially from a partnership model. In particular, the following issues could be addressed through such a model:
Support for small retailers in the UK
Improve mycotoxin management in point of origin countries for spices, nuts and dried fruit
Work with cereal and grain sector on issues such as recognising and responding to crisis
Research and development of technological solutions to common safety issues
The recommendations that resulted from this project will be taken into consideration when planning future work specifically with regards to emerging risks and horizon scanning.