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Biomin survey – mycotoxins remain ubiquitous problem

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Mycotoxins remain an ubiquitous problem as 89% of the analysed samples show the presence of at least one mycotoxin as was revealed in the just released Q2 results of Biomin Mycotoxin Survey. The data helps to assess the risk level incurred by the use of commodities from certain regions.
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In the period between April and June 2011, Biomin on a global scale analysed a total of 804 samples and 2,867 analyses were carried out for the most important mycotoxins in terms of agriculture and animal production - aflatoxins (Afla), zearalenone (ZON), deoxynivalenol (DON), fumonisins (FUM) and ochratoxin A (OTA).
 
Samples tested were diverse, ranging from cereals such as corn, wheat, barley and rice to processing by-products, such as soybean meal, corn gluten meal, DDGS and other fodders such as straw, silage and finished feed.
 
The table below gives an overview on the distribution of mycotoxins amongst different world regions.
Area
Mycotoxin presence (%)
 
Afla
ZON
DON
FUM
OTA
North America
38
17
38
67
18
Central America
100
0
100
100
0
South America
17
35
12
92
13
Northern Europe
100
71
86
0
1
Central Europe
0
65
82
70
42
Southern Europe
54
15
12
62
62
Middle East
29
0
0
-
71
Africa
0
0
100
100
0
North Asia
22
62
80
49
30
South-East Asia
8
38
39
64
32
South Asia
86
3
24
55
52
Oceania
9
29
41
25
8
Average positives
31
48
62
63
32
 
Ubiquitous problem
It is obvious that mycotoxins are an ubiquitous problem as 89% of the analysed samples show the presence of, at least, one mycotoxin.
 
 

The presence of more than one mycotoxin in 53% of the samples raises the attention to the problem of synergistic effects caused by multiple mycotoxins in animal feeds.
 
This is the second of 4 reports to be released this year. More detailed figures can be found on the Biomin website as well as past survey results.

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by Dick Ziggers last update:6 Aug 2012

4 comments

  • # 1

    Theodore Olivier

    It's a pity that you don't have much data for the African continent.
  • # 2

    magdi mohamed abdou ahmed rayan

    MYCOTOXINS is a natural constituent of the soil,which could be absorbed by plant roots in general.you can use a gentian violet or blue or violet for treating foods or kernels and drinks
  • # 3

    Dr.Tulsi Ram Gompo

    Yea! the mycotoxicosis problem has been uprising.The Main cause may be properly unprocessed Maize and Soyabean with high content of Moisture which will be a fertile ground for the growth og moulds.The mycotoxins greater then 25 ppb seems to be lethal to poultry birds ,especially the broilers.
  • # 4

    William Appaw

    There is the need for more capacity building especially in areas of postharvest handling and storage of food and mostly importantly human resource in areas of testing, monitoring and surveillance.

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