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Bacterial contamination of feed and feed ingredients
Adam Smith

Feed ingredients can become contaminated at any time during growing, harvesting, processing, storage and delivery to the feed mill and contamination can occur through direct or indirect contact with the environment, or through cross-contamination with already contaminated ingredients.

Animal feeds can serve as a carrier for a range of microbial contaminants such as moulds, mycotoxins and bacteria, but such contaminants have been shown to influence animal performance adversely and to compromise the safety of animal products.
Whereas the importance of controlling moulds and mycotoxins in feed is widely known and practised, control of bacteria is less well understood and frequently overlooked.
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