mycotoxins in animal feed

Mycotoxin Contamination to Get Worse with Climate Change

In recent articles experts have predicted that mycotoxin contamination will increase in food and feed crops due to a combination of climate change issues including; increasing temperatures, CO2 levels and extreme wet and dry conditions.

Controlled experiments were carried out where the wet and dry conditions crops experience where recreated. Following the experiment an increased presence of aflatoxin in maize was found when exposed to climate change conditions as opposed to existing circumstances. Similar results were found with both GM and Non-GM Maize.

Climate change is fast becoming a growing concern worldwide. The full effects are not yet known and therefore the potential impact on feed and cereal in relation to mycotoxin contamination is also unknown. Mycotoxin testing is therefore essential to ensure the safe supply of feed and cereal products.

Randox Food Diagnostics offer accurate, reliable mycotoxin test kits to help the industry eliminate affected products from the supply chain. Using patented Biochip Array Technology, the user can test for up to ten of the world’s most prevalent mycotoxins from one sample of feed. Mycotoxins on the test include:

  • Aflatoxin B1/B2
  • Aflatoxin G1/G2
  • Ochratoxin A
  • Fumonisins
  • Ergot Alkaloids
  • Deoxynivalenol
  • Diacetoxyscirpenol
  • T2 toxin
  • Zearalenone
  • Paxilline

Simultaneously testing for several mycotoxins can reduce labour costs, save time and increase laboratory throughput. Helping feed and cereal producers implement effective quality control procedures. Customised test kits are also available to suit specific testing requirements.

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