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Tropane alkaloids (TAs) are molecules that naturally occur in certain plant families (e.g., Solanaceae or nightshades) and some are used for medicinal purposes. Due to co-harvest of weeds with the crops, TAs can eventually end up in food. Since these molecules can have different toxicological effects on humans, contamination of food needs to be accessed. With this project, we determine the exposure to TAs and risks for the Belgian population. Next to this, we want to see whether or not agricultural factors have an effect on food contamination with TAs.
The TROPAL project collects representative data on the occurrence of tropane alkaloids (TAs) in food products available on the Belgian market. Therefore, we develop a new sensitive liquid chromatography – tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method for quantification of TAs in a variety of food matrices.
With the acquired data, we are able to cover the current data gap on the occurrence of TAs in food and we are able to evaluate the risks associated with the intake of contaminated food by the Belgian population.
In the framework of this project, a relationship between the agricultural factors and the TA contamination is studied to specify possible influential factors. This gives us a better understanding of how agricultural practices can have an effect on the presence and the levels of TAs in food, and with this on human health.