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BIOMIN Mycotoxin Survey Program 2012

Newsletter BIOMIN Newsletter, Vol. 11, No. 130 > SUMMARY Mycofi x® product line – Naturally ahead in mycotoxin risk management! Over the years, scientists involved in the field of mycotoxins have worked on the development of quicker, more reliable and more economical analytical product line methods which would enable the identification BIOMIN Mycotoxin of a wider range of mycotoxins. As a result Survey Program 2012 of that research, a multi- mycotoxin analytical method From January to December 2012, a total of 4,023 samples collec- is now available that allows ted worldwide were analysed for the presence of mycotoxins. In one commodity or feed total, 14,468 analyses were carried out for the most important my- cotoxins in terms of agriculture and animal production – afl atoxins sample to be tested within 45 minutes. (Afl a), zearalenone (ZEN), deoxynivalenol (DON), fumonisins Instead of just a handful of mycotoxins, (FUM) and ochratoxin A (OTA). In addition to these mycotoxins, an accurate and validated analytical ® European samples were analysed for T-2 toxin (T-2). Due to lab ycofi x regulations in other parts of the world, the presence of this my- liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry cotoxin was not tested for in other regions. As the origins of the (LC-MS/MS) is able to identify more than samples were varied, analytical procedures had to be carried out 320 different mycotoxins, including masked in a convenient way from a logistics point of view. Thus, the ma- or conjugated mycotoxins not detected by jority of the analyses were performed at ROMER Labs Diagnostic GmbH (Austria), ROMER Labs Singapore Pte Ltd (Singapore), routine analytical methods. Although this ROMER Labs Inc (USA) and SAMITEC (Brazil). Eighty-eight M achievement represents a great step in percent of the samples were analysed by High Performance Liquid terms of mycotoxin research, its practical Chromatography (HPLC) and 12 % by Enzyme Linked Immuno- sorbent Assay (ELISA) (only applied in the European and North application in the field and on a daily basis American lab). For the purpose of data analysis, non-detection is still far from possible as scientists are levels were based on the quantifi cation limits of the test method still working to understand the impact of for each mycotoxin. For more details regarding the analytical procedure, please contact the authors. those previously unknown and invisible fungal metabolites in animals. While Overall results further information on these mycotoxins Figure 1 shows the percentage of positive results for each region is still unavailable, it is our duty to focus and for each mycotoxin group. As can be seen in Figure 2, 25 %, on those mycotoxins for which information 46 %, 64 %, 56 % and 31 % of all the samples surveyed tested is available, which are the well-known positive for contamination with Afl a, ZEN, DON, FUM and OTA, respectively. Compared with data from the previous year 2011 aflatoxins, zearalenone, deoxynivalenol, (Table 1), an increase in the occurrence of fusariotoxins (ZEN, fumonisins and ochratoxin A. DON and FUM) was observed together with a slight decrease in Afl a. Enjoy reading! Inês Rodrigues & Karin Nährer www.biomin.net BIOMIN Newsletter Vol. 11, No. 130


BIOMIN Mycotoxin Survey Program 2012
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