Mycotoxin elimination in broiler feed
Impextraco has, through a series of experiments, proven that its Elitox solution counteracts mycotoxins in broiler feed.
The company's trials showed that when Elitox is added with chicken feed in the simulated gut environment, harmful mycotoxins are removed.
The company's trials also showed that use of Elitox lowered the tendency for cells to turn cancerous in the presence of aflatoxins and improved pigmentation of chicken meat.
Mycotoxins are secondary metabolic products of fungi (moulds) and are responsible for diseases called mycotoxicoses. However, the symptoms often described in literature are sometimes not specific, and the absence of symptoms does not mean that there is no mycotoxin contamination in feed grains.
Most studies look at animal performance, which is influenced by many other factors that cannot always be controlled.
To determine the real binding or inactivation of mycotoxins in the gut environment, a research group at the HAS in the Netherlands has developed both chicken and swine digestive models that can be applied to mycotoxin tests.
Factors such as anaerobic environment, body temperature, different pH, retention times and the correct subsequent addition of bile, pepsin and gut enzymes and the correct moisture:feed (digestive bolus) ratio are simulated. (see Figure1 and Table 1).
Different products were tested and results obtained with the classical in vitro tests and the gut simulation model were significantly different, which explains why in vitro tests do not guarantee an accurate results.
The potency of Elitox for detoxification was also tested with a novel technology based on ''stress genes''.
Unlike chemical analysis, this method enables the observation of the biological/toxicological effect of any mixture of mycotoxins.
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Article made possible through the contribution of Impextraco N.V.