Occurrence of microcystin congeners in surface waters and food in Belgium as a source of exposure to humans

Last updated on 2-1-2024 by Wannes Van Hassel





 Increased awareness in the media and strict control by competent authorities resulted in an overall risk perception of toxic cyanobacteria blooms among the global population in Belgium. There is a general concern about the negative impact of the blooms and their toxins on the environment and public health. Yet, limited data about cyanotoxins in food, drinking and recreational water are available in Belgium. Among the main reasons for this data shortage is a lack of publicly sourced, reliable methods to analyze cyanotoxins in food and environmental samples. This has a negative downstre…

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