Sterigmatocystin in foodstuffs and feed: aspects to consider

Carla Viegas, Janne Nurme, Elena Piecková, Susana Viegas

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Sterigmatocystin (STC) is a possible human carcinogen (2B) according to International Agency for Research on Cancer classification and has been associated with immunotoxic and immunomodulatory activity, together with mutagenic effects. It might be found in numerous substrates, from foods and feeds to chronically damp building materials and indoor dust. Although European Food Safety Authority concluded that the exposure to STC to be of low concern for public health, reinforces the need of data concerning exposure of European citizens. Climate change can represent an increased risk of exposure to STC since it is a crucial factor for agro-ecosystem powering fungal colonisation and mycotoxin production This aspect can represent an increased risk for European countries with temperate climates and it was already reported by the scientific community.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91–104
Number of pages15
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • climate change
  • foodstuffs and feed
  • increased risk
  • public health
  • Sterigmatocystin


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