During Autumn harvest in 2016 corn growers in the U.S were forced to tackle mycotoxins during their fall harvest and the same is expected for 2017.

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During Autumn harvest in 2016 corn growers in the U.S were forced to tackle mycotoxins during their fall harvest and the same is expected for 2017.

Corn samples from across the U.S have tested positive for high levels of deoxynivalenol (DON), type A trichothecenes (T-2) and fumonisin, once mycotoxins have been detected in a crop, the contamination cannot be removed from the affected grain. Of all the mycotoxins found, fumonisin is the most prevalent across all states and can have a negative impact on both human and animal health with swine and horses being particularly sensitive.

Mycotoxin contamination not only effects animal health, but also human health if passed through the food chain and into the end product, for example if feed containing Aflatoxin B1 is given to lactating cattle this can be transferred to the cow’s milk and found in the end product as Aflatoxin M1.

Testing for Mycotoxins

In Feed

In order to protect animal health, it is vitally important to have an effective screening method in place for the detection of mycotoxins. Randox Food Diagnostics offer screening solutions for the quantitative analysis of the world’s most prevalent Mycotoxins using patented Biochip Array Technology. Simultaneously detecting up to 10 mycotoxins from a single 50µl sample including: deoxynivalenol, T-2, fumonisin and Aflatoxin B1.

In Dairy

For milk testing, Randox Food Diagnostics have created the InfiniPlex for Milk Array using Biochip Array Technology. InfiniPlex detects 130 compounds covering: mycotoxins (Aflatoxin M1) antibiotics, anti-parasitic drugs and non-sterodial anti-inflammatory drug residues at MRL’s below EU legislation from a 25µl sample of raw milk.

To find out more information on Mycotoxin screening with Biochip Array Technology contact info@randoxfooddiagnostics.com

 

RFD Press office

Randox Food Diagnostics digital press officer

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