Mycotoxins are naturally occurring toxin metabolites produced by numerous molds. There are over 300 mycotoxins that occur in food and feed, 20 of which occur at levels that pose safety concerns. Consequently, hundreds of countries have regulations regarding the levels of mycotoxins in food and feed. Aflatoxins, a class of mycotoxins, are of greatest concern due to their prevalence.
In the dairy industry, Aflatoxin M1 poses extra special challenges. Since aflatoxins are carcinogenic to animals and potentially humans, they are closely monitored throughout the supply chain. Each year, aflatoxins have a negative economic impact on agriculture, resulting in devastating damage to crops and adverse health effects in livestock. Read on to learn more about one of the most closely monitored aflatoxins by dairy farmers and the dairy industry at large.