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WP4 Identifying industry needs and detection methods

The aim of this WP is to identify which are the existing toxin detection methods and the industry needs.

To accomplish this, firstly all partners, coordinated by USC, will agree on Terms of Reference that will enable them to select detection methods following the same criteria in the different regions. For selecting these criteria, they will take into account the results of a survey which will be carried out with end-users. Partners will involve them through the Working Regional Groups and Associated Partners through their own networks.

Partners already agreed to focus on TTX due to its prevalence, foreseen enhanced occurrence, impact on marine resources and related risks, including public health issues (See Section 4.4.2). This was demonstrated in the Atlantox project, in which many of the partners of this Consortium participated. They will also include PLTX and Cyclic Imines toxins due to their risks.

The Consortium will select detection methods, having RTOs experience in issues such as the optimum step where the analysis should be carried out in a food processing chain, time of analysis admissible, level of expertise that their employees are able to provide, etc a database on emerging toxins will provide health and food safety authorities with occurrence information and technical support, being a reliable reference for setting limits in non-regulated emerging toxins. It will be developed by MI with the inputs from the rest of the Consortium.