Innovation in research on micro- and nanoplastics and their effects on human health

We are a multidisciplinary team with expertise in a wide range of fields including food sciences & technology, allergy, immunology, biomedicine, biology, chemistry, bioinformatics, machine learning, paediatrics and others, cooperating across Europe to investigate the relationship among micro- and nanoplastics (MNPs) and allergic diseases.

The Project

Untangling the multifaceted relationship of exposure routes, risks and health impacts of MNPs.

Improving MNP detection

We plan to develop innovative tools to measure and characterize MNPs and potential contaminants in food, water and air.

MNPs combined with pollutants

We are committed to understanding the effect of MNPs combined with potentially harmful environmental contaminants adhering to their surfaces and finding their way into the human body.

The relationship with allergic diseases

We aim to examine a possible link between MNPs and their role in food allergy and allergic asthma.

CUSP Research Cluster

Imptox is one of five projects in the EU Horizon 2020 programme that will work together with the European Commission's Joint Research Center to form The European Research Cluster to Understand the Health Impacts of Micro- and Nanoplastics, CUSP. It is the cluster’s overall goal to contribute with new scientific knowledge and know-how to the European Strategy for Plastics.

Outreach & Guidance

Imptox partners plan to work closely with Non-Governmental Organizations, stakeholders from industry, business, scientists and policymakers. We plan to deliver data and its ramifications to help decision makers, risk assessors and regulators safeguard our air, water and food supply.

Highlights

02/12/2022
IN THE NEWS

“Bacteria surfs on plastics into our food” writes De Standaard

The Belgian daily talks to Imptox scientist Prof. Andreja Rajkovic and raises awareness about micro- and nanoplastics and their contaminants in our food.

28/11/2022
PROJECT PUBLICATION

Imptox scientists supervised the development of an effective method to quantify cyanotoxins in food

A group of Imptox scientists from Ghent University and Sciensano supervised the design and development of an effective method to quantify microcystin in fruits & vegetables and published their findings in Separations.

24/11/2022
REPORT

FAO review on Microplastics in Food Commodities raises awareness about MNP pollution and potential public health concerns

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations recently published a review on human exposure to microplastics via dietary sources.

24/11/2022
EU NEWS

Have your say! … and help the EU revise its rules on food contact materials

Participate in this public consultation open until Jan. 11, 2023 and help the European Union modernize its food safety policy.

The Imptox Team

Imptox is a multidisciplinary consortium of 12 partners from 8 European countries.