Mycotoxins, a serious issue in livestock farming
Mycotoxins are secondary fungal metabolites that are toxic to humans and animals.
We can distinguish five main families of mycotoxins:
- Ochratoxin A
- Trichothecenes (including DON and T-2 and HT-2 toxins)
However, the structure of mycotoxins varies considerably and no fewer than 300 forms of different metabolites have been catalogued. Invisible, odourless and tasteless, they are particularly difficult to detect. At the present time, their prevalence is considerable, since it is believed that up to 60 to 80% of worldwide harvests are contaminated worldwide!
The toxic effects of mycotoxins on animals are manifold, with combinatory effects between different mycotoxins:
Fumonisins have a negative impact on nervous and pulmonary functions
Ochratoxin A damages hepatic, renal and digestive function and the immune system and is a carcinogenic factor
Zearalenones damage the function of the endocrine system and the reproductive system
Ancreles trichothecenes DON and T2 have a negative impact on the reproductive and digestive systems
Aflatoxins damage the hepatic and reproductive function and the immune system and are carcinogenic factors
As mycotoxins are particularly resistant to cold, heat and granulation and are not proteic in nature, no immunisation exists in animals. To deal with this issue, the CCPA Group has developed nutritional solutions to guarantee animal performance in the event of feed contamination by mycotoxins.
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