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High aflatoxin levels found in bird feed

Wild bird feed was found to be the most contaminated with mycotoxins among different types of pet foods in several surveys.

The researchers found that up to 25% of the wild bird feed samples were contaminated with more than 100 micrograms of aflatoxin, which presents a potential health threat to the birds. The high levels of aflatoxins and other mycotoxins found in the bird seed is possibly due to the use of corn, nuts, and seeds as significant ingredients, according to the researchers. 

The US Food and Drug Administration and its counterpart in Canada have set a limit of 20 micrograms per kilogram for aflatoxin in pet food.

The full study appears in the Dec. 27 issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

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