Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Baby Food Rice: a market to claw back

PSR 2014-2020

Italian rice producers, in particular those located in Lombardy, were able to obtain great importance in baby food production.

Recently, this market had some problems linked to quality standards.

Main problems arose regarding arsenic (As) and cadmium (Cd) levels, sometimes higher than legal limits defined by UE or by commercial agreements.

Mycotoxins caused few and marginal problems to rice till now but they are considered as an emerging risk because of their increasing presence in many cereals cultivated in Northern Italy.

The aim of this project is to find solutions able to limit As, Cd and mycotoxins contamination in rice destined to baby food in order to help Italian rice producers to claw back this important market.