Holistic Mycotoxin Risk Management: From A to Z

The major challenge of mycotoxin risk management lies in the diagnosis of the problem and the ability to establish the cause-and-effect relationship. Mycotoxin symptoms in animals can be confounded with that of pathogen challenge, nutritional deficiency, and management-related challenges. Although feed mycotoxin analysis has its own sampling error issues, it is the most used diagnostic tool at feed mills. Mycotoxin mitigation strategies in animals demonstrate the importance of an integrated approach.

It starts from optimal crop management, harvesting and storage of raw materials, and finally the management of complete feed. The ability to maintain the optimal temperature and humidity within the grain silos, as well as proper aeration and rotation of grains, can lower mold growth and subsequent mycotoxin production.

There is a linear relationship between poor feed mill hygiene and the mycotoxin threat. Routine cleaning of feed mills with special emphasis on mixers, coolers, and elevators can help to reduce the mycotoxin threat. Mycotoxin mitigation products can be added directly to the complete feed to effectively reduce mycotoxin risk for animal and human health.

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