All About Feed recently documented the enormous potential that Africa has for agriculture, whilst highlighting the challenges the country face in terms of feed and food production. As Africa’s population continues to grow, a protein revolution is happening, with growth rates for the consumption of animal products in 2019 at 3.3% for poultry meat, 3.3% for pork, 3.1% for eggs, 2.5% beef, 2.3% for mutton and 2.2% for milk.
De Wet Boshoff, executive director at Animal Feed Manufacturers Association of South Africa (AFMA) commented that much can be improved in terms of challenges we see in feed production. In many countries, the knowledge exchange is poor and the political instability hinders development, “challenges need to be addressed via a science based approach and a value chain approach”.
Other issues to be addressed in African feed sectors are mycotoxin risk management. Mycotoxins are a continuous problem for the continent with aflatoxins proving to be a hidden issue, causing numerous health risks including malaria and tuberculosis. In a 2017 survey, Deoxynivalenol proved to be the most common mycotoxin detected in the African region, followed by Fumonisins and Zearalenones.
“By focusing on domestic food safety more deliberately, countries can strengthen the competitiveness of their farmers and food industry and develop their human capital. After all, safe food is essential to fuel a healthy, educated and resilient workforce,” – Juergen Voegele, senior director of the Food and Agriculture Global Practice at the World Bank.
Randox Food Diagnostics dedication to improving the global food safety chain continues to transform the landscape of conventional screening and wine analysis by developing revolutionary, high quality products. Our versatile range of kits includes an extensive list of residue ELISAs and Biochip arrays, including the Myco 10 array, capable of screening up to 10 groups of mycotoxins at once per sample.
Our patented Biochip Array Technology is designed to work across a wide variety of matrices, using micro-spotting techniques to create an assay that can detect up to 44 drug residues or toxins from a single sample, saving both time and money compared to other screening methods. With the capacity to detect antibiotic, anti-parasitic, anti-inflammatory, growth promoting and mycotoxin residues, Randox Food Diagnostics ensure that better science means safer food.
To find out more information about our versatile range of analysers, kits and Biochip Array Technology, stop by booth #11 at AOAC International Sub-Saharan Africa Section from the 5th – 7th November 2018 in Pretoria, South Africa. Letitia Venter and Debbie Moosa look forward to seeing you there!
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