The risk of mycotoxins entering the feed chain is almost unavoidable. Although exceeding the EU regulatory and guidance levels for mycotoxins is rarely observed, low level contamination is very common. In fact, mycotoxin co-contamination is the rule rather than the exception. Some mycotoxins can be present in masked form, so it is very difficult to detect with routine methods of analysis. As a result these undetected toxins can be released in the intestinal tract, putting the animal at risk.
In addition to preventative measures, the use of mycotoxin binders is necessary for economic production, animal welfare, and food safety. The guidelines for selecting a good mycotoxin binder in order to comply with specific criteria include:
- Reduction of the potential for hazardous mycotoxins within the gastro-intestinal tract
- Broad and specific spectrum of activity
- Absence of nutritional side effects
- Proven binding efficacy in vitro and in vivo.
TOXFIN is a unique family of mycotoxin binders formulated with a blend of activated clays and non-digestible organic source. Binding efficacy is proven by both in vivo and in vitro.
It is well known that traditional clay-based mycotoxin binders fail to show broad-spectrum activity. Their efficacy is limited to so-called polar mycotoxins such as aflatoxins. Additionally they can bind to vitamins and minerals and interfere with nutrient utilization.
Experts have found that other approaches based on biological detoxification or yeast-based adsorbents have failed to show consistent results in field tests and can have undesirable side-effects.
TOXFIN is a carefully selected blend of unique activated adsorbents that bind relevant mycotoxins along the gastrointestinal tract, thereby reducing mycotoxin bio-availability and promoting their excretion from the animal’s body. Activation of these different ingredients ensures broad-spectrum binding efficacy over a wide pH range.
Since no single adsorbent is effective against all relevant mycotoxins, a combination of activated binding agents can meet the essential requirements for a broad-spectrum mycotoxin binder.
Supported by a sound multi-level research approach combining in vitro and in vivo studies, TOXFIN has shown to be effective under field conditions keeping animals healthy and efficacious in cases of mycotoxin exposure.