Risk assessment of benefits and risks and multidisciplinary risks
Evidence for clear health benefits of nut consumption especially regarding cardiovascular health is increasing. On the other hand, nuts are generally the major contributor to mycotoxin exposure, with the genotoxic and highly carcinogenic aflatoxin B1 being one of the most prevalent. For genotoxic/carcinogenic substances, no concentrations can be considered safe, complicating any dietary advice on nut consumption. Together with the National Food Agency, we are developing the weighting of benefits and risk for foods using DALYs
Drinking water producers never face only one potential hazard, thus the implementation of risk reducing activities should always be based on combined chemical and microbial risk assessment where all risks are being considered and appropriately ranked. Today such interdisciplinary risk assessments suffer from large knowledge gaps. Due to the properties of drinking water production and distribution, and the fact that most inhabitants in Sweden consume tap water on a daily basis, drinking water is ideal for evaluating requirements needed for interdisciplinary risk assessment. The overall aim of this project is to generate new knowledge of combined chemical and microbial drinking water related health risks for fetuses and children the most sensitive group for these exposures.