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Pet Food News / Pet Food Safety
On March 6, 2013

Alltech launches five-point Mycotoxin Management Program

37+ program designed to analyze multiple mycotoxins to reduce risk, improve safety

Alltech has launched its five-point Mycotoxin Management Program. The Alltech five-point Mycotoxin Management Program is a multiple mycotoxin-control program for feedstuffs designed to reduce risk and improve safety, while ensuring mycotoxins do not pose a threat to the food chain.

Alltech’s Mycotoxin Management Program offers five key components for farms concerned with mycotoxin contamination:

1. The 37+ program analyzes for multiple mycotoxin contamination in a given feed sample.
2. The program also provides a risk assessment and calculates the toxic equivalent quantity (toxicity times the quantity of mycotoxins) for that particular feedstuff sample.
3. Alltech has developed techniques to demonstrate how utilizing the Mycotoxin Management Program can help to reduce the threat posed by multiple mycotoxins.
4. The Mycotoxin Hazard Analysis Program (MIKO) from Alltech is designed to help improve production systems on farm and at feed mills by performing an audit; determining the critical control points; and establishing critical limits, monitoring procedures, corrective actions, checking procedures and protocols for recording information.
5. Finally, the mycotoxin management team provides a complete contamination report and recommendations for management and nutritional applications that can assist with mycotoxin prevention and control.

“For three decades, we have believed that animal feed seldom contains a single mycotoxin. Although many mycotoxin interactions have been proven in academic settings, it has been difficult to understand such interactions due to the lack of extensive mycotoxin testing,” said Dr. Swamy Haladi, global technical director for Alltech’s Mycotoxin Management Team. “Over the last four years, our scientists have developed the 37+ Program, wherein more than 37 mycotoxins can be quantified in a single run. This program involves the application of UPLC-MS/MS methodologies, which not only help in assessing multiple mycotoxins in a more accurate manner but also allow the analysis of a wide range of feedstuffs, including forages, which may not be possible with conventional methods such as ELISA and HPLC.”

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