Johanna Fink-Gremmels, Utrecht University, echoed Asher’s comments as she pointed out that mycotoxins continue to be a concern for both animals and humans. Aflatoxins, the most prevalent mycotoxins worldwide, can impair the cow’s liver function and immune system, which can lead to production losses and an increased prevalence of disease. The industry is also seeing increased levels of aflatoxin getting into the milk supply. In February, the European Union closed 3,500 dairy farms for days while awaiting analytical results, after finding a high prevalence of milk exceeding the legal limit for aflatoxins.
“On the global scale we have to learn we need to deal with mycotoxins. We will never get rid of them. We have to be prepared that the sudden incidence of mycotoxins in grains will not be infrequent,” Fink-Gremmels said.
Preparation is key as many of the speakers touched upon the necessity for producers and feed mills to implement a mycotoxin management program utilizing Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HAACP)-based principles. The industry needs to understand pre- and post- harvest mycotoxin contamination and identify hazards as well as potential control points for mitigation.
“It’s important to do our best to diagnose the challenge. When we are talking to producers, people want to know what is going on so they can be more confident in making decisions. If they don’t have a mycotoxin management program in place or are not looking at it holistically, they will have an issue,” said Nick Adams, global sales director of Alltech’s Mycotoxin Management Team. “When all is said and done, mycotoxins are going to be with us, and having that final solution in the diet is critical to mitigate the problem to the animal.”
An entire track will be dedicated to mycotoxins at GLIMPSE 2020: the 29th Annual Alltech International Symposium in Lexington, Ky., USA, May 19-22.
The Mycotoxins and Much More track includes:
- Risk Assessment Today Versus Analysis: A Case of the Cart before the Horse?
- Rethinking Regulatory Standards: Can this be Analytically-Based Only?
- Mycotoxins: The Global Picture
- Risk, Remediation and Solution: Mycotoxin Management
- Where Mycotoxins are Taking Us: Species by Species
Seven Years from Now: Will the level of mycotoxins allowed in feed and food be strictly regulated?
Registration for Alltech’s 29th Annual International Symposium is open now and available for an early discount price of $599 until April 25 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Standard registration after April 25 will be $850. Two paid registrations from a single company or organization will receive a third registration free of charge. Delegates who are members of ARPAS and AAVSB can also earn CEUs.
Attendees are encouraged to register early as space is limited. Of the nearly 3,000 international delegates who attended the 2012 Alltech International Symposium, 97 percent indicated that they plan to attend again.
For more information, or to request an invitation, contact a local Alltech representative, visit www.alltech.com/symposium or email firstname.lastname@example.org.