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Mycotoxins are seen as one of the major threats to the global feed and livestock sector, with resulting animal productivity losses pegged at anywhere between 2 and 5%.

In the main, regulation and current mycotoxin risk mitigation strategies, such as commercially available binders, are focused on targeting only one mycotoxin at a time, whereas researchers are increasingly seeing these toxins occur in multiplication in feed crops with six or seven of them acting synergistically

Mycotoxins: EFSA weighs in on risk from DON in feed

Austrian company, Biomin, says a recent EFSA opinion implies the real on-farm threat to animals posed by the mycotoxin, deoxynivalenol (DON), could be routinely underestimated. 

Trouw launches mycotoxin advisor to aid in complete feed design

US producers in dry regions may want to watch for mycotoxin presence, and feed mills may find benefit from rapid testing, say Trouw Nutrition experts.

Spray-dried porcine plasma may offer boost to piglets in mycotoxin challenge

Supplementing mycotoxin-contaminated feed with spray-dried porcine plasma supports immune functioning and piglet performance, say researchers.

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Mycotoxins may be an overlooked stressor for antibiotic-free poultry producers

In antibiotic free production, mycotoxin presence may be an overlooked gut health challenge for poultry, says researcher.

Some mycotoxin mitigations may be less effective in fishfeed

Some types of feed additives developed to mitigate mycotoxins in feed for warm-blooded animals may be ineffective for fish, says new research.

Testing feed grain moisture in developing countries

Feed and grain moisture monitoring may be getting easier for producers in developing nations with a combined project from Kansas State University and the USDA.

EFSA funds project evaluating mycotoxin co-occurrence risk analysis tools

An EU wide feed and food mycotoxin project has been awarded a €375K grant under an EFSA initiative.

Special Edition: Asia Pacific Feed Developments

EU-Sino mycotoxin alliance aimed at ‘level playing field’ in feed additive regulation

Dairy and pig trials to support the development of EU equivalent regulations on feed additives to detoxify mycotoxins are about to get underway in China.

Special Edition: Ruminant nutrition

Dairy feed challenges: 'Mycotoxins not the only culprits'

Rock River Laboratory is offering a new diagnostic suite for US dairy and cattle producers after increasing demand for analysis from those sectors last year.

Biomin additive can restrict trichothecene mycotoxins in poultry feed: EFSA

A Biomin additive aimed at mycotoxin control in poultry feed has garnered a positive opinion from EFSA.

Mycotoxins: Threshold no longer the only barometer of risk

The co-contamination of feedstuffs with multiple mycotoxins is the rule and not the exception, according to the lead author on a new paper, published in Toxins.

Are DON levels in wheat a concern for swine producers in the UK and Ireland?

Nutriad, in its analysis of wheat samples from the UK and Ireland this year, found notable deoxynivalenol (DON) contamination, at levels ten times higher than the maximum concentrations found for...

Biomin looks to expand mycotoxin detoxification technologies

Biomin's R&D team is said to be focused on finding a heat-stable enzyme to neutralize zearalenone, and more.

Special Edition: Existing and Emerging feed risks

Cargill launches feed focused mycotoxin prevention program

Cargill is offering a mycotoxin prevention program to help producers understand and manage risk from the feed contaminants.

Reports from Biomin World Nutritional Forum

Mycotoxins: 'The big drive is to make the diagnostics really, really user friendly'

There is greater awareness about mycotoxin risk, but new and user-friendly analysis tools are needed, says expert. 

US feed crop testing shows high mycotoxin load

Mycotoxins levels are being found in samples from the US feed crop harvest and raise concerns for 2016, says expert.

Algae-based antioxidant may support broilers through mycotoxins, heat stress

Algae, yeast supplements help feed conversion in broiler getting mycotoxin-contaminated diets, say researchers. 

ADM feed platform offers custom analysis, suggestions

Nutritional challenges, feed quality issues are set to be addressed farm-by-farm in a new customizable feed platform from Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM).

Alltech: Corn and DDGs supplies may harbor feeding concerns

Storage challenges in the US may have caused mycotoxin levels to rise in feed ingredients, reports Alltech.

EU initiative comes up with ‘smart’ way to tackle mycotoxins in crops

A four-year, €5m backed EU project is looking to create a cloud-based platform that provides real-time, customized advice about mycotoxins in order to achieve crop contamination reductions of between 20...

Applause for EFSA inclusion of metabolite risk in mycotoxin review

EFSA has found the current Tolerable Daily Intake (TDI) of the mycotoxin, zearalenone, in food and feed should be maintained at the previous level of 0.25 µg/kg BW per day. ...

Hike in mycotoxin threat for ruminants in US: Alltech

It may be time for US producers to recheck corn silage quality as mycotoxin levels have been increasing since September.

Mycotoxin mitigation in silage one of the objectives of a new alliance for Alltech

Silage quality is one of the goals of a new tie-up between Alltech and Rothamsted Research.

Poultry feed analysis shows production most at risk from DON

Deoxynivalenol (DON) constitutes the most common mycotoxin threat to poultry, said Biomin, as it released its 2015 mycotoxin survey this week.

Slight hike in the prevalence of DON globally, finds 2015 Biomin mycotoxin survey

Biomin’s 2015 survey shows deoxynivalenol (DON) is the most prevalent mycotoxin for all regions except South America and Middle East, where fumonisins (FUM) pose the bigger threat to livestock production.

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