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Approach

  • Alertox-net partners have taken into account for preparation of this project the current state-of-the-art in the field of marine toxins and toxicity detection systems, both in terms of analytical procedures available and comprehensive strategies in place.
  • The literature offers a repository of analytical procedures and methods aimed at detecting and quantifying toxins in marine food.  However, the chemical diversity of toxins, the limitations of existing methods, the health risks connected with emerging toxins and the gaps existing in official regulations, do not allow an effective monitoring and risk assessment of emerging toxins.
  • Approaches on integration and development of an alert system to be
  • tested on-site have not been implemented before.  This is especially true for emerging toxins, concretely in the AA. None of the projects analysed are as specific and business/transfer-oriented as Alertox-net, e.g. ATLANTOX, PHARMATLANTIC (interreg-aa) ALARMTOX, AQUAGENE T (interreg-sudoe), ECSAFESEAFOOD, CLEANSEA (FP7).
  • Furthermore, the demonstration methodology will be essential to design and develop solutions with a potential entry to the market after the validation phase planned within the project.
  • Another novelty is related to the long-term objective of transforming Alertox-net into a cluster of excellence in seafood toxicity issues, by involving main regulatory agencies to adapt national and regional regulations to the problem of (emerging) toxins and to new detection systems.