Introduction to Food Toxicology - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780126400250, 9780080925776

Introduction to Food Toxicology

1st Edition

Authors: Takayuki Shibamoto Leonard Bjeldanes
Series Editors: Steve Taylor
eBook ISBN: 9780080925776
Hardcover ISBN: 9780126400250
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 2nd December 2012
Page Count: 213
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Table of Contents

Principles of Toxicology. Determination of Toxicants in Foods. Biotransformation. Natural Toxins in Animal Foodstuffs. Natural Toxins in Plant Foodstuffs. Fungal Toxins Occurring in Foods. Toxic Food Contaminants from Industrial Wastes. Pesticide Residues in Foods. Food Additives. Toxicants Formed during Food Processing. Subject Index.


The area of food toxicology currently has a high profile of interest in the food industry, universities, and government agencies, and is certainly of great concern to consumers. There are many books which cover selected toxins in foods (such as plant toxins, mycotoxins, pesticides, or heavy metals), but this book represents the first pedagogic treatment of the entire range of toxic compounds found naturally in foods or introduced by industrial contamination or food processing methods. Featuring coverage of areas of vital concern to consumers, such as toxicological implications of food adulteration (as seen in ethylene glycol in wines or the Spanish olive oil disaster) or pesticide residues, Introduction to Food Toxicology will be of interest to students in toxicology, environmental studies, and dietetics as well as anyone interested in food sources and public health issues.

The number of students who are interested in toxicology has increased dramatically in the past several years. Issues related to toxic materials have received more and more attention from the public. The issues and potential problems are reported almost daily by the mass media, including television, newspapers, and magazines. Major misunderstandings and confusion raised by those reports are generally due to lack of basic knowledge about toxicology among consumers. This textbook provides the basic principles of food toxicology in order to help the general public better understand the real problems of toxic materials in foods.

Key Features

  • Principles of toxicology
  • Toxicities of chemicals found in foods
  • Occurrence of natural toxins in plant and animal foodstuffs
  • Food contamination caused by industry
  • Toxic chemicals related to food processing
  • Food additives
  • Microbial toxins in foods


Students in toxicology, environmental studies, dietics and anyone interested in food sources and public health issues


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About the Authors

Takayuki Shibamoto Author

Affiliations and Expertise

University of California, Davis, USA

Leonard Bjeldanes Author

Affiliations and Expertise

University of California, Berkeley, USA

About the Series Editors

Steve Taylor Series Editor

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, USA