Mycotoxin seminar organised by BIOMIN UK

BIOMIN UK Ltd held this seminar at the end of August, which was attended by leading technical personnel from all around the UK/Ireland agriculture and animal feed industries, including representatives from the veterinary profession, who were all keen to hear the latest "state of the art" information on mycotoxins.

Experts presenting at the mycotoxin seminarProfessor Chris Elliott (Queens University, Belfast) the UK/Ireland independent expert on food related contaminants, kicked off by presenting Emerging Mycotoxins: Animal feed surveillance data & implications for animal health & performance, which included information on such as storage effects, ergot alkaloids and prevalence in colder/wetter conditions and the conclusion that mycotoxin regulations are currently minimal, but will almost certainly increase significantly in the next few years. Prof Elliott also reported on an interesting project moinitoring DDGS samples and mycotoxin levels.

Verena Starkl (BIOMIN) then made 2 presentations, Mycotoxins Occurrence – how are we affected? This included information on the Global BIOMIN Mycotoxin Survey, methods of analysis, masked mycotoxins and overall effects of mycotoxins and Mycotoxin Risk Management.

Verena Starkl specifically emphasised that DON cannot be removed by using simple binders, instead it has to undergo biotransformation into safe metabolites using Mycofix® Plus and Mycofix® Select.  

After lunch Luis Cardo (BIOMIN) presented Mycotoxins in Ruminants - Effects & Management and Andrew Robertson presented Mycotoxins & their Effect in Pigs & Poultry, each presentation focusing on specific health and performance issues related to mycotoxin contamination, even when present at relatively low levels - well below the legal limits.