Mycotoxins contamination is a serious problem, resulting in human and livestock poisoning in Sub-Saharan African countries. Research effort is needed to find suitable means to salvage mycotoxin contaminated grains before they end up on the consumers table. Currently research is focusing on two approaches: biotransformation of mycotoxins into less toxic compounds and/or binding of mycotoxins to prevent their bioaccessibility. The Powergrain aims to explore the efficacy of bioprocessed cereal fibre in minimizing the bioaccessibility of mycotoxins.
The project is brings together researchers from University of Helsinki, Department of Food and Nutrition Science (FAN) and IRSAT DTA (Institut de Recherche en Sciences Appliquées et Technologies), Burkina Faso.