The Kansas Department of Agriculture announced it received a US$1.1 million grant to study petfoods and livestock feed.
Funds from the grant, which was awarded by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), will be used to further detect mycotoxins in petfood and feed. A portion of these funds will be used to purchase advanced laboratory equipment to help with this detection.
"Analyzing grain-based animal feed and petfoods for mycotoxins is an expansion of work we already to do ensure that they are safe for the animals consuming them," said Kansas Agriculture Secretary Josh Svaty.
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