East African Community bands together to tackle aflatoxin problem

Every country in the world has its unique food safety challenges, driven by weather, climate, economy or other factors pertaining to each region. For much of East Africa, the top concern is aflatoxin.

Now, the East African Community (EAC), a coalition of six countries (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda) have stepped up […]

Aflatoxin reports highlight need for careful grain storage

Much of the U.S. and Europe have experienced drought and high temperatures this crop season, and now we’re seeing the effects of that in mycotoxin development.

Reports are rolling in of the carcinogenic mycotoxin aflatoxin, which is naturally created by Aspergillus, a fungus that thrives in drought conditions.

“Aflatoxin has showed its dirty face,” Oklahoma […]

When mycotoxins contaminate feed: What is oxidative stress?

When mycotoxins contaminate animal feed, the effects on livestock can be serious. Some mycotoxins, like aflatoxin, are carcinogenic. Others can impact the immune system or the blood, damage organs, cause miscarriages and provoke severe vomiting, among many other effects.

Some of these effects are linked to oxidative stress, which happens when unstable atoms damage living […]

How to store grain and reduce mycotoxin risks

Now that it’s April, farmers in the Northern Hemisphere are shaking off the dregs of winter and preparing for a busy spring. And with the planting, growing and harvesting seasons come the concern for mycotoxins.

Mycotoxins are nasty toxins produced by the mold growing on a wide variety of agricultural crops. When consumed by humans […]

Manage mycotoxin risks with this six-step plan

The negative impact of mycotoxins in feed on animal performance has been the topic of several meta-analysis studies and according to a recent article, has been correlated to have an economic cost of approximately $900 million per year in the U.S. alone.

This figure shows the importance of preparing a plan for mycotoxin risk management, […]

IARC urges action against mycotoxin contamination

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is urging action against mycotoxin contamination in developing countries after a recent review of the health effects associated with consuming aflatoxins and fumonisins was completed. This review found stronger evidence than ever before that mycotoxin contamination leads to stunted growth in children and has a much greater […]

Study evaluates mycotoxins in commercial dog food

Several studies have recently made headlines involving mycotoxin levels in commercial pet foods, and according to the Department of Veterinary Medical Sciences from the University of Bologna in Italy, even more are needed.

This conclusion comes after one study of Italian pet food looked at levels of contamination of the most important mycotoxins including deoxynivalenol, […]