05 Jun 2024 EVENT

Imptox research to be presented at the Latin American Symposium on Food Safety in Brazil

Join Prof. Rajkovic from Ghent University at the IAFP Latin America Symposium in Brazil, from November 11th to 14th, 2024.


The Latin American Symposium on Food Safety, organized by the Brazilian Association for Food Protection (BRAFP), is set to take place at the Blue Med Convention Center in Santos, SP, from November 11th to 14th, 2024. This biennial event, affiliated with the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP), gathers researchers, students, industry representatives, and government bodies to discuss pressing issues related to food safety and quality. This year’s theme, “Challenges for the Safety and Quality of Food Produced and Sold in Latin America,” aims to foster scientific exchange, present research findings, and propose innovative solutions for the sector. Participants can engage in round table discussions, technical sessions, and poster presentations, creating a dynamic environment for networking and collaboration.

Imptox scientist, Prof. Rajkovic from Ghent University, will be a key participant at the symposium. On November 13th, from 17:30 to 19:30, he will join a round table discussion titled "The Role of Micro- and Nanoparticles in Metal Dispersion and the Exposure of Animals and Humans to Microorganisms via MNPs: One Health Approach." His specific talk, "Microbial and Toxicological Aspects of Microplastics and Nanoplastics in Food Safety," will delve into the intricate ways microplastics and nanoplastics (MNPs) impact food safety, exploring their role as carriers for contaminants and pathogens.

Prof. Rajkovic's participation highlights the vital research being conducted within the Imptox project and the broader CUSP (the European cluster to understand the health impacts of micro- and nanoplastics) initiative. In his talk, he will discuss both Imptox and the collaborative efforts of CUSP, which includes sister projects AURORA, PLASTICHEAL, PLASTICSFATE, and POLYRISK. Scientists within these projects are dedicated to understanding the multifaceted impacts of MNPs, including their potential role as vectors for harmful substances that could enter the human body through food, drink, and air. This is just one aspect of their comprehensive investigations into the health risks associated with micro- and nanoplastics. Over the past three years, Imptox and its partners have developed a strong framework for cooperation, regularly meeting to advance their collective research goals and ensure a thorough understanding of MNP-related health impacts.

The insights shared by Prof. Rajkovic at the symposium will provide valuable perspectives on the microbial and toxicological risks posed by MNPs, reinforcing the need for rigorous food safety protocols and innovative research methodologies. His expertise and findings will be integral to the symposium's discussions on ensuring the safety and quality of food in Latin America.

Don’t miss this opportunity to engage with leading experts in the field of food safety. Register now and find out more about the Latin American Symposium on Food Safety.