More than 450 industry professionals attended the World Mycotoxin Forum in Rotterdam, Netherlands, last week to discuss the latest technologies in the field of mold and mycotoxins. The conference brought together some of the greatest leaders in the field of mycotoxin management with the ultimate goal to bring new, innovative solutions to the increasing challenge of mycotoxins.
In his presentation, Dr. Swamy Haladi, global technical director for Alltech's Mycotoxin Management Team, proposed a three-pronged approach to managing mycotoxins and encouraged attendees to take A New Look at Mycotoxin Management: Holistic Approach.'
"First, diagnose the issue using the 37+ Program, wherein more than 37 mycotoxins can be analyzed in a single run. This program was used to analyze European and North American feedstuffs and indicated the presence of one or more mycotoxins in 88 percent of the EU samples tested and two to five mycotoxins in 83 percent of the US samples tested this fall," said Haladi.
Haladi added that 50 percent of the samples contained three or more mycotoxins, which can present a very real concern to producers during this economic time. "Although it's not always easy to estimate the impact of mycotoxicoses in the field, countless controlled studies have shown the impact mycotoxins can have on economic parameters such as weight gain, egg/milk production, feed efficiency, fertility, hatchability and mortality," Haladi said.
The second step in Haladi's approach is the implementation of Alltech's MIKO Program. MIKO is based on HACCP principles and primarily involves the evaluation of critical points of entry of mycotoxins into animal feeds and their timely prevention and control.
Haladi concluded that the third prong should include the research and development of broad spectrum mycotoxin binders capable of adsorbing many mycotoxins of importance in the animal industry.
"Our livestock remains the best indicator of a mycotoxin presence," Haladi said. "If an animal is not performing to its fullest or unexplained symptoms persist; consider the role that a mycotoxin may be playing."
For more information about the 37+ Program or any concerns relating to mycotoxins, please call the Mycotoxin Hotline at 866-322-3484.