World Mycotoxin Survey reveals shifting prevalence of mycotoxins

The prevalence of FUM and DON mycotoxins remained high last year, according to the results of the World Mycotoxin Survey 2019, released by Biomin.
Last year more than 20,000 samples were tested in 86 countries. Overall the survey shows that the occurrence of Fumonisins and Deoxynivalenol remain high in every continent. Although the prevalence of mycotoxins is shifting.
“Due to climate change mycotoxins which were usually found in the southern part of the world are now moving to the north. Mycotoxins are moving with the sifting climate”, said Annelies Mueller product manager, Biomin.
The mycotoxin report shows detailed results on the prevalence of mycotoxins for each continent.
A regional overview changes in risk for half year from 2018 to 2019 indicate the changes that happen with the main crop harvests. A slight increase in risk can be seen for South America during the year 2018. For North America, risk was increasing from 2018 to 2019. China and Taiwan show still extreme risk throughout the semesters. Risk stays the same in South and East Asia. In South East Asia, risk decreased slightly in the second half of 2019. In 2019, compared to 2018, Africa increased risk from severe to extreme. Interestingly, risk in South America decreased from extreme to severe.
The report indicates the increased prevalence of mycotoxins in Asia, thus first ever World Mycotoxin Forum in Asia, FSSAI intervention in the animal feed safety rules or changes in the regulatory framework of various countries make perfect sense to work towards controlling mycotoxin contamination and hence the economic losses caused by it in this geography.
Soruce: Biomin