Coffee is one of the most consumed beverages worldwide. Like other agricultural products, coffee is susceptible of colonization by mycotoxin-producing fungi and therefore, the presence of mycotoxins. These chemical hazards can pose a risk for consumers, as some of them are potentially carcinogenic, neurotoxic, or immunosuppressive. Several countries worldwide have established maximum legal limits on the final product regarding ochratoxin A (OTA), but this leads to inefficiencies in the coffee value chain, as there is uncertainty if a batch may be under the legal limits at the time of reaching the consumers. The application of Risk Management Metrics can be a useful tool for managers to forecast if a particular batch of coffee could be suitable for a determined target market. In this study, a cross-case analysis of the coffee production chain was performed, and quantitative thresholds were established along the different steps. This information can provide managers with up-to-date information regarding the potential use of each batch, minimizing food waste, assuring food safety, and improving chain efficiency.
Original languageEnglish
Article number101100
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Opinion in Food Science
Early online date13 Oct 2023
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2023


  • Coffee
  • Mycotoxins
  • Food Waste
  • Food Safety
  • Food Safety Objective


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