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Mycotoxins in animal feed

Mycotoxins in animal feed

Livestock production has undergone radical progress due to good management, improved nutrition and a focus on animal welfare. However, limiting factors can impede the achievement of adequate nutrition, which negatively affects the health status of the animals and also the financial situation of the farm.

Among these factors, one of the most common is the presence of mycotoxins in raw materials. Animal nutrition specialists consider the elimination of these metabolites from the raw material of diets as a new challenge to improve animal nutrition in particular and animal production in general.

What are the MYCOTOXINS?

Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites of fungi. that cause damage significant in crops, animals and humans, and lead to disease and loss of food and feed. economic.



Aflatoxins B1, which are produced by the Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus, are the most toxic and mutagenic, and are clThe World Health Organisation and the International Agency for Research on Cancer have classified it as a group 1 carcinogen.




Adverse effects of aflatoxin B1 in animals:

  • In monogastrics:

Aflatoxin B1 targets many organs, tissues and systems of the animal, reducing their development. The negative effects of aflatoxin B1 have been demonstrated in both chickens and pigs in numerous studies.

  • In ruminants:

sensitivity to the negative effects of mycotoxins is lower compared to monogastric animals. However, production (milk, meat or wool), reproduction and growth can be altered when ruminants consume mycotoxin-contaminated feed for long periods of time.

Aflatoxin adsorbents

The application of preventive practices for the control of mycotoxins, especially aflatoxins, is not always effective in reducing their toxicity. Mycotoxin adsorbents are considered to be one of the most effective strategies for mycotoxin control.

MYTA natural clays are a natural 100% technological additive marketed under the brand name Mytoxin CLAY for animal feed. Several studies have shown that this additive is able to adsorb aflatoxin B1 with a high affinity and high stability, which indicates that its addition to aflatoxin contaminated feed is effective in preventing its absorption in the gastrointestinal tract of the animal.The toxin-adsorbent complex passes through the digestive tract and is excreted in the faeces.


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