The results to the first poll question shed light on how common mycotoxin contamination problems are for the food and feed industries.
Figure 1. Have you encountered a problem with mycotoxins in the past 12 months?
Source: Mycotoxin Outlook 2018 webinar poll question 1
The fact that the majority of participants (61%) answered ‘yes’ that they had encountered a mycotoxin issue reflects the widespread prevalence of mycotoxins in finished feed and raw commodity samples, as documented in the BIOMIN Mycotoxin Survey results.
Once you’ve identified a mycotoxin contamination issue, the next step is to look at mitigation methods. The wide variety of different mycotoxins identified by researchers means that a multi-strategy mitigation solution is often the best approach. Read the truth about mycotoxin binders.
For 17% of attendees, mycotoxins may have been an issue for their operations in the past 12 months. That mycotoxins are a suspected culprit is not surprising. Low doses of mycotoxins have a range of effects on farm animals, including:
- decreased weight gain
- feed refusal
- lower feed efficiency
- lower digestibility
- immune suppression
The difficulty of detecting or diagnosis the subclinical effects of mycotoxins in farm animals reinforces why you should regularly test your feed for mycotoxins.
No—mycotoxins not detected
Fortunately, 22% of participants said that they had not encountered an issue. Yet, the presence of masked mycotoxins –those that are not readily detected by conventional methods— could unknowingly be threatening animals.
To form masked mycotoxin, a sugar molecule is attached to the conventional mycotoxin. For DON the masked form is DON-3-glucoside. Once the masked form is ingested with the feed, the sugar breaks off and the mycotoxin is released into the gastrointestinal tract. Figure 2 shows the process of masked mycotoxin formation and its release in the animal’s body.
Figure 2. How masked mycotoxins can threaten animals
The only way to safeguard your animals against masked mycotoxins is with the preventive application of a multi-strategy mycotoxin deactivator.
Stay up-to-date on mycotoxin occurrence Mycotoxin prevalence changes from season to season. You can get the latest results of the BIOMIN Mycotoxin Survey –the most comprehensive and longest running source for mycotoxin prevalence data—delivered on your smartphone or tablet by downloading the free Mycofix® app.