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Experts to Discuss Regulating Marine Biotoxins

An international collection of distinguished experts on seafood risk, pharmacology, chemical safety, and related topics will meet in Rome, Italy 22-24 February 2016 to discuss Toxicity Equivalency Factors for Marine Biotoxins.


The event is jointly sponsored by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Following a request from the 33rd Session of the Codex Committee on Fish and Fishery Products (CCFFP), FAO and WHO are developing a Technical Report on “Toxicity Equivalency Factors (TEF) for marine biotoxins”. The report will outline the chemistry of biotoxins occurring in bivalve mollusks, and their related biological activity, based on which the feasibility to derive TEFs will be investigated. The objective of the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Meeting on Toxicity Equivalency Factors for marine biotoxins is to finalize the report, in order to provide guidance for the assessment and management of mixtures of these toxins in bivalve mollusks for regulatory purposes. A full list of the attendees is available here.

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