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Pets have become our family members, and mycotoxin contamination in pet food not only affects their health and safety but can create an emotional and economic impact on the human family members.
Often, livestock and poultry feedstuffs can be contaminated with multiple mycotoxins because many molds grow under similar conditions, producing different mycotoxins.
Horses cannot avoid exposure to mycotoxins, but with good management practices, it is possible to significantly reduce potentially harmful effects.
Mycotoxins within the ruminant setting, particularly dairy, offer a fascinating complexity that is not seen within the monogastric setting.
Pigs are especially sensitive to mycotoxins, affecting all stages of production. The consumption of mycotoxins can influence performance, damage to the intestinal tract or alter immune function.
The accumulation of mycotoxins in feed and food is a common and serious problem causing many acute and chronic health problems in both animals and humans worldwide.
The 2019 growing season in the U.S. was, basically, a continuation of 2018: rain and more rain. Planting was delayed, with many acres going unplanted. The cool and wet growing season also delayed crop maturity.
Mycotoxins are a common concern for feed quality and animal safety worldwide. Mycotoxins can exert their effects on animals in many ways.