Effects of Low Doses of Mycotoxins in Livestock

Consumption of feed that is contaminated with low level of mycotoxins can lead to a series of metabolic, physiologic and immunologic disorders in animals. ‘Low dose’ usually refers to a value that does not exceed the EFSA or US FDA guidelines, in contrast to ‘high dose’ that is normally used under laboratory conditions. Low doses of mycotoxins have the greatest impact on the gastrointestinal tract (GIT), leading to a series of negative effects on the digestive and immune systems, which are sometimes followed by different histopathological damages.

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