Mycotoxin contamination and concentration varies annually depending on the region or country. The FDA have established Maximum Residue Limits (MRL’s) for mycotoxin detection in dairy cattle for aflatoxin B1, deoxynivalenol (vomitoxin) and fumonisin at 20 ,5, and 30ppb respectively. So far, the FDA have no MRL in place for other mycotoxins such as, T-2, ochratoxin or zearalenone. The EU placed an MRL of 250ppb for the maximum legal limit in complete feed for zearalenone.
How Does this Effect Dairy Cattle?
Overall, because of mycotoxin degradation in rumen, dairy cattle are in a better position than other livestock to resist the effects of mycotoxins when exposed to them. However, the most commonly found mycotoxin in milk is Aflatoxin M1. Aflatoxin B1 is bio-transformed into aflatoxin M1 after ingestion.
Some of the main consequences of contamination in cows and milk production are;
- Reduced milk yield and quality
- Toxic contaminants end up in milk (particularly Aflatoxin M1)
- Increased risk of infections and mastitis
Dairy processors can implement routine analysis into their quality control process to ensure the safe supply of milk to the end user.
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