Project: Risk reduction strategies for chemical contaminants in primary production
Project leader: Sarah Thornber
Member funded project
Running: January 2016 – December 2018
Steering MIG: Agri-food
Project Number: 145292
Risks to human health associated with chemical contaminants in the food and feed chain are increasing. These are likely to
have a direct or indirect impact as hazards to human health. These hazards may arise from the natural environment or from inputs applied at the stage
of primary production or during further processing. The control of contaminants in staple foods is especially important given their major
contribution to the human diet. This project will help members understand where chemical contaminants originate from and the route by which they
contaminate food products during primary production.
Factors affecting levels of chemical contaminants in food products are likely to include: growing site history, source of
fertiliser/organic manure, soil pH and irrigation water and varietal choice. Guidance will be produced to help members to minimise contaminant levels
through agronomic interventions, selection of growing sites and cultivar choice.