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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Carmen E Boone, M.S.(National Pesticide Information Center)
Description: This is a compilation of information on toxicological data about toxins that normally can be found in nature and toxins that appear during food processing or storage. The five parts cover foodborne and microbial toxins (chemical contamination and additives, staples and spices, microbes and seafood), fungal toxins (mushrooms and mycotoxins), medicinal herbs and essential oils, toxic plants, and venomous animals.
Purpose: The book accomplishes its purpose of being an information resource on naturally occurring toxins and toxins associated with food processing. It presents valuable toxicological information about foods, plants, and animals that are present in our environment and explains how to understand these toxins and coexist with them, making this information available and tangible for future generations.
Audience: It can be used not only by medical personnel and toxicologists, but also by those needing to assess emergency situations in a Poison Control Center and by those in educational institutions and medical libraries as a good reference for training. It also can be used as reference by food technologists interested in food safety and food toxicology.
Features: The extensive detail about the toxins makes the book helpful in finding answers to questions such as: Where is the toxin found in nature? Is it an additive? Why is it added to foods? How is it formed during processing? What are the routes of exposure? The book is organized in a way that delivers rich and well documented information about each toxin. It discusses several topics related to each toxin, among them history, botanical description, exposure (sources, medicinal uses), principal toxins or ingredients (structure and properties, poisonous parts, chemical composition, physicochemical properties, mechanism of toxicity, and pathophysiology), dose response, toxicokinetics (kinetics, drug interactions), clinical response information (adverse reactions, acute effects, chronic effects, carcinogenicity), diagnostic testing, and treatment. The organization of the sections is similar throughout, making it easier to comprehend the data and locate facts.
Assessment: This book is one of a kind. It is an exceptional tool for information about foods, plants and animals that are present in our environment. It delivers rich and well documented information about natural occurring toxins and is an excellent resource for managing natural intoxication situations.