Aflatoxins in milk are becoming a growing concern within the dairy industry, the naturally occurring fungi species Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus are most prevalent in maize and cotton...

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Aflatoxins in milk are becoming a growing concern within the dairy industry, the naturally occurring fungi species Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus are most prevalent in maize and cotton seeds and in turn, the dairy products produced.

The effects of mycotoxins are seen across both feed and dairy industries;

  • Contaminated feed takes its toll on overall feed production.
  • Animal health affected by the contaminated feed, in high concentrations and/or prolonged exposure cattle can suffer from listlessness, weight loss, and anaemia.
  • End products produced by the affected animal containing Aflatoxin M1, the EU MRL for aflatoxins in milk is set at the low level of 0.05ppb and 0.5 in the US due to the carcinogenic nature of the toxin.

Data has shown there is a seasonal trend for levels of mycotoxins in milk, with higher levels being reported in winter months, more than likely due to feed being left in storage for prolonged periods of time thus creating prime conditions for fungal growth.

Detecting Mycotoxins in Milk

Randox Food have created the InfiniPlex for Milk array to meet the extensive screening needs of the global dairy industry. Of the 130 compounds detected by InfiniPlex, Aflatoxin M1 is screened for at the decision level of 0.038ppb, below both the EU and U.S MRLs.  

InfiniPlex uses patented Biochip Array Technology and is available on two analysers to suit different throughputs. The Evidence Investigator, perfectly suited for a centralised laboratory,  can analyse 288 samples in 8 hours with just one operator and the fully automated Evidence MultiSTAT that can analyse 1 sample in under 20 minutes, making it ideal for dairy processing plants.

Detecting Mycotoxins in Feed

To ensure effective screening of feed and in turn a safer end product is produced Randox Food offer high quality screening solutions for the quantitative analysis of the world’s 10 most prevalent mycotoxins using Biochip Array Technology including AflatoxinB1 in an extensive list of matrices such as feed, grain and maize.

To find out more about mycotoxin screening contact info@randoxfooddiagnostics.com

RFD Press office

Randox Food Diagnostics digital press officer

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