Dr. Max Hawkins has over 40 years of livestock experience including production, university teaching and nutrition companies. He is currently employed with Alltech working with the North American mycotoxin management team.
While the potential for recalls due to contaminated product is not new, they remind members of the petfood industry of the need for an integrated mycotoxin management plan to keep mycotoxins at bay. In 2012, the US corn harvest presented challenges for the country's farmers. In spite of testing every load coming in and rejecting many of them, some of the end products were tainted with aflatoxin, a naturally occurring poison that can cause serious illness or even death if consumed.