Our New Identity
At the 6th Annual general meeting of the Nigeria Mycotoxin Awareness and Study Network (NMASN held on 22 - 24 JUNE, 2011 at the National Horticultural Research Institute, Idi-Ishin, Ibadan, Nigeria, the society resolved to change its name to the Mycotoxicology Society of Nigeria (MYCOTOSON). All documents and correspondences remain valid.
The Mycotoxicology Society of Nigeria (MYCOTOXSON) -formerly Nigeria Mycotoxin Awareness and Study Network (NMASN) is a body of scientists in the academia, industries, regulatory agencies and other stakeholders in the food and feed industry united by the need to create awareness on mycotoxin issues especially in Nigeria.
It is a Non-Governmental, Non-Political and Non-Profit-making scientific organization founded in 2006 by a group of eminent Nigerian scientists united by their desire to address the burden of mycotoxin contamination in Nigeria and improve the living conditions of humanity, through sound socio-economic and scientific studies on mycotoxins in food and feedstock.
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), in conjunction with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) organized the First Regional Workshop on Mycotoxins in 2005. The workshop drew participants from Nigeria and other West African countries like Ghana and Benin Republic. Resource persons and materials were from the FDA, IAEA, IITA and some national sources.
The gathering properly placed the dangers arising from mycotoxin contamination in food and feed in Nigeria as well as the global trade and heath implications. The need to immediately step up efforts in research and awareness on mycotoxins was realized.