Mycotoxin contaminations occurs world-wide and represent one of the most challenging and prominent food safety threats. In terms of exposure and severity of chronic disease, especially cancer, mycotoxins appear at present to pose a higher risk than anthropogenic contaminants and pesticides. They seriously affect the agricultural economies of many countries, interfere or even prevent trade, reduce animal and animal product production and affect human health. Between 25% and 50% of all commodities, especially staple crops, are contaminated with mycotoxins. In developing countries, monitoring and enforcement (according to EU or US legislation) only occurs occasionally when commodities such as groundnuts and coffee are destined for export while it is mostly ignored for local goods. Agricultural commodities of inferior quality are kept for local use resulting in adverse and even fatal health effects. Fortunately, the awareness on the mycotoxin problem is growing in several developing countries.

This training session aims teaching the trainees the fundamentals of the most important analytical methodologies (ELISA, HPLC, LC-MS/MS,…) for mycotoxin analysis in food and feed. This will be done through practical lab work (participants are expected to work with toxic compounds (mycotoxins)!) at the Laboratory of Food Analysis, Ghent University, Belgium. Moreover, the awareness on the mycotoxin problem in developing countries will be further enhanced by providing the trainees with theoretical lessons given by different experts on the several aspects of the mycotoxin issue.


Ghent University
Laboratory of Food Analysis
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Harelbekestraat 72, 9000 Ghent

Promotor: Prof. Dr. Apr. Sarah De Saeger

Partner in Food2Know (
Coordinator of MyTox (

Date and duration:

August 28 – September 10, 2014
14 days of training

Target group:

Researchers from developing countries* working for the government, universities and NGOs, PhD students from developing countries* and researchers from food and feed producing companies.

Minimum required level: Bachelor or equivalent in Chemistry, Bioscience engineering, Pharmaceutical sciences, Biomedical sciences, Biochemistry or Veterinary sciences.
Experience in laboratory analytical techniques. However, concerning the scholarships (see below) scientific background and professional experience in the field of food safety and analysis of contaminants is required for selection.

Proficient in both spoken and written English.

Registration fee:

€ 3500 (excl. VAT).
This registration fee includes the scientific program (+ hands-on sessions), coffee, syllabus, social program.

Scholarship STI scholars, by VLIR-UOS:

Max. fifteen applicants from developing countries* will be selected for a scholarship. This scholarship includes the scientific program (+ hands-on sessions), coffee and lunches, syllabus, social program , allowance + insurance, installation fee (lump sum) and airplane ticket.

Treated topics:

Theoretical lessons:
•    Mycotoxin management and risk assessment
•    Legislation
•    Recent advances in mycotoxin analysis
•    Good agricultural practices for the reduction of mycotoxins
•    Myctoxins and animal health
•    The impact of food processing on mycotoxin reduction
•    …
Practical lab work:
•    Screening techniques for the detection of mycotoxins
•    The use of HPLC-UV-FLD for mycotoxin analysis
•    Multi-mycotoxin analysis in cereals by LC-MS/MS
•    …

Application method:

Paying participants:

Due to the restricted number of participants a selection will be made amongst the interested applicants. Therefore it is requested to express your interest by sending an email to Prof. Dr. Sarah De Saeger ( including a motivation letter (indication of scientific experience, English, min. one A4), a recent curriculum vitae and an order form (including following data: Company, participants name, contact details, VAT-number).

Scholarship applicants:

Interested researchers can apply for the scholarship by filling out the application form and by emailing this completed form with “STI application 2014” as the subject to Prof. Dr. Sarah De Saeger (

Deadline for submission:Arpil 18, 2014 (late and/or non-compliant applications will be invalid)

By the end of May 2014 all applicants will be informed by e-mail whether they were selected for the training program or not.

Developing countries eligible for a scholarship: Bangladesh, Benin, Bolivia, Brasil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, DR Congo, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, Laos, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Palestinian Territories, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Uruguay, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe