Management of mycotoxin's contaminations in raw materials and feeds
Mycotoxins are well-known for their various adverse effects: genotoxic, carcinogenic, immunotoxic, reproduction disruptor, zootechnical performances reducer... They are produced by various fungal species able to grow on almost all kind of raw materials used as animal feed compounds, during growth of plants or during storage. Today, more than 300 different mycotoxins have been identified, and only around 40 have been studied.
In order to reduce the risks due to mycotoxins as much as possible, a complete approach to management of animal feed raw materials contamination by mycotoxins has to be devised. This paper highlights different strategic points that have to be focused on to manage this feed problem well, and on which we propose technical support to both feed millers and farmers.
The management of mycotoxin risks is a very large subject. It includes a dedicated management of the storage of the raw material, a dedicated sampling method before analysis, a complete scientific knowledge of the mycotoxins effects on animals. Also the use of a validated mycotoxins desactivator (but without the right advice of incorporation into the feed, it will not give expected effects on the animals) can highly help.
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Article made possible through the contribution of Erwan Leroux and Neovia Additives, France.