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Aflatoxin M1 Headaches For The Dairy Industry

Posted by Xochitl Javier

July 24, 2014 at 7:30 AM

aflatoxin_m1_mycotoxin_dairy_industry 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.

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Topics: Mycotoxins, Dairy

Drought Conditions Spur Mycotoxin Contamination Concerns

Posted by John Williams

July 3, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Drought Conditions Spurt mycotoxin contamination concerns The drought of 2014 is having an economic impact on consumers who are already paying higher food prices for a number of commodities ranging from coffee to sugar. With the summer months upon us, the USDA’s Economic Research Service has estimated that U.S. food prices will increase by up to 3.5% this year over last, with significant hikes in meat, dairy, fruit and vegetables costs.

While the impact of the drought on the pocketbook of consumers is troubling, possible food safety considerations also come to mind. Drought conditions, characterized by high temperatures, minimal rainfall, insect infestation and other factors – reduce the natural defenses of plants and increases their susceptibility to mycotoxin-producing fungi and toxin production in crops.  

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Topics: Mycotoxins

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