Mycotoxins, the danger of a silent enemy

Mycotoxins, the danger of a silent enemy

Mycotoxins are toxic, carcinogenic substances produced by fungi commonly found in grain and feed*. After being ingested, these toxins are absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract and can cause a variety of clinical and sub-clinical diseases, thereby significantly reducing animal productivity.

* According to the FAO, more than 25% of grains are contaminated by mycotoxins.

Effects of mycotoxins on animals

Growth rate

• Decrease in intake
• Decrease in weight gain
• Increase in diarrhoea
• Increase in mortality

Immunity
• Decrease in the efficacy of vaccinations and antibiotic treatments
• Decrease in the number of lymphocytes
• Immunosuppression

Metabolism
• Liver disorders
• Anaemia and enteritis
• Nerve disorders
• Changes in the relative weight of organs

Reproduction
• Decrease in milk production
• Reproductive problems
• Ovarian hypertrophy
• Increase in abortions

Producing fungi and mycotoxins produced

Aspergillus
Aflatoxin, Ochratoxin, Verruculogen

Penicilium
Citrinin, Penitrem

Fusarium
Vomitoxin (DON), T-2 toxin, Zearalenone, Fumonisin

Detecting any of these mycotoxins in feed may be an indicator of the presence of other unknown mycotoxins.

toxidex® acts against mycotoxins through a triple mechanism of retention, attraction and destruction.

Toxidex retains mycotoxins physically and chemically due to a special combination of selected aluminosilicates. The natural polar attraction of silicates is increased by the presence of surfactant.

Aluminosilicates are chemically activated with agents that have a mycotoxin inactivating and destroying effect.

The combination of the three mechanisms renders toxidex® a unique product with a high efficacy against a broad spectrum of mycotoxins.


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