Our Solutions to Potentially Negative Mycotoxin Effects

Contaminated feed is no doubt a serious problem within the poultry industry.

Mycotoxins are toxins naturally created by certain moulds (fungi); these toxins are then ingested by animals in their feed. Unfortunately, mycotoxin contaminated feed can have a harmful effect on the immune systems of birds as well as heighten their susceptibility to diseases.

What is more is that mycotoxins can contaminate almost all agricultural ingredients and the effects of mycotoxins are not always visible from the start — that’s what makes them such a challenge to manage.

At Kemin, we aim to reinforce the immune systems of birds protecting them from these not always visible, negative mycotoxin effects. Safeguarding organs from the potential damage of mycotoxins is of utmost importance — therefore preventing both performance and productivity losses.

The challenge of tackling mycotoxins in poultry today

 

The presence of mycotoxins can lead to immune suppression in poultry, consequently impacting upon vaccination efficiency, and toxins can also give rise to various pathological effects such as toxicity of the liver and kidney, as well as show estrogenic responses — all of which are very damaging, not only for the birds, but also for breeders and grandparent stocks.

Added to this, even the smallest amounts of mycotoxins have the ability to impair intestinal health, immune function, and/or pathogen fitness causing altered host-pathogen interactions and in turn, higher susceptibility to disease.

Specifically, fusarium mycotoxins generally exacerbate infections with coccidia and even aspergillus in all poultry species. A predisposition for necrotic enteritis in broilers is shown when mycotoxins, for example, DON or fumonisins, are present in the feed, even at low dosages.

Moreover, feeding chicks with mycotoxin contaminated diets (comprising Don and Fum), increases plasma cortisol levels — a stress hormone — which has a negative effect on poultry welfare overall.

 

To paint an even more serious picture, our decade-long research at Kemin has shown an underestimation of feed contamination in poultry due to:

●        Incorrect sampling due to the occurrence of hotspots;

●        Masked mycotoxins — mycotoxins bound to components in feed, such as sugars, escape analyzes but remain toxic to birds;

●        Emerging mycotoxins are not routinely analyzed, in particular, those found in silages.

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Our Complete Mycotoxin Management Toolbox

Mycotoxin management toolbox

The Kemin complete Mycotoxin Management Toolbox aims to practically support and guide you in tackling mycotoxins from the onset.

As an animal nutritionist or health specialist, we help you in making informed decisions on the use of raw materials to ensure high-quality and safe feed formulations. The result? Healthier birds and increased profitability.

Our Mycotoxin Management Toolbox comprises 3 main support services:

  1. Mitigating Risk - our Customer Laboratory Services (CLS) helps you with extensive mycotoxin Feed Analyses for your poultry;
  2. Protecting the Animal - our TOXFIN® range of products supports you in the mitigation of mycotoxins in poultry;
  3. Enabling Feed Control - our Myco CURB® is a premier product in poultry feed preservation and mold control in feed. 

 

1. Mitigating Risk - our Customer Laboratory Services (CLS) guides you hand-in-hand through the risks of mycotoxins in poultry. The CLS comprises:

●        On-farm evaluation of mycotoxin raw materials:

○        Fast testing;

○        Quick and effective raw material screening.

●        Prediction of requirements of mycotoxin binder;

●        Profound finished feed laboratory services:

○        Various mycotoxin evaluation;

○        Variety of matrices;

○        Specific and precise measurements;

○        Full mycotoxin risk assessment.

●        Mycotoxins today:

○        Thousands of mycotoxin analyses;

○        Regional mycotoxin data;

○        Seasonal mycotoxin data;

○        Risk assessment;

○        Benchmarking.

 

Our TOXFIN® Range — solutions to tackle mycotoxins in poultry

Thankfully, mycotoxin research is conducted regularly and at Kemin we strive to keep on top of the latest developments to adapt these findings into tangible solutions for poultry.

Our TOXFIN range of solutions seek to reduce the bioavailability of mycotoxins and their negative  effects, aiding the production of safe feed:

●        TOXFIN Dry - TOXFIN Dry offers cost-effective protection with a Synergistic Binder, suitable for broiler production. This product is a carefully selected blend of unique activated adsorbents (e.g. bentonite (1m558) fulfilling the European Regulation 1060/2013 as an aflatoxin B1 binder) that binds the relevant mycotoxins along the gastrointestinal tract — reducing mycotoxin bioavailability and promoting their excretion from the bird’s body.

●        TOXFIN XL - TOXFIN XL offers effective protection with a specialized synergistic binder, for reproduction issues caused by ZEA in breeders and layers. The product is a carefully selected blend of unique activated adsorbents (e.g. bentonite (1m558) fulfilling the European Regulation 1060/2013 as an aflatoxin B1 binder) fortified with specifically activated argillaceous minerals that bind all relevant mycotoxins along the gastrointestinal tract. This reduces mycotoxin bioavailability and promotes their excretion from the bird’s body.

●        TOXFIN CARE - Kemin’s TOXFIN CARE is the best solution for your breeder and grand parent stock: TOXFIN CARE: 

  • Offers thorough protection against mycotoxins using an all-in-one strategy;
  • Reduces  mycotoxin bioavailability with a unique adsorbent blend ((e.g. bentonite (1m558) fulfilling European Regulation 1060/2013 as an aflatoxin B1 binder);
  • Prevents oxidative stress using plants extracts;
  • Supports and protects the liver of birds through plants extracts;
  • Modulates the immune system using a unique algae-derived beta-glucan.

 

Myco CURB

Kemin’s Myco CURB is a powerful mold inhibitor, preserving grains from mold (and mycotoxin) contamination. Stabilization of the grains and oilseeds with Myco CURB maintains the optimal nutritive value of feed material and provides all-round natural protection.

Myco CURB has the following main benefits:

●        Inhibits mold — Myco CURB preserves feed and raw materials from mold contamination, and therefore mycotoxin production;

●        Drastically diminishes and controls total mold counts and mites;

●        Contributes significantly to the success of Good Storage Practices, minimizing the risk of grain deterioration and adjusting the protection following risk factors;

●        Provides merchants and farmers with an economical alternative processing solution at harvest for cereals and oilseeds. It is possible to harvest grain at the optimum ripening time, hence providing increased flexibility;

●        Ensures treated grain is safely stored and has an extended shelf-life after further processing. If the cereal is rolled, the appearance is ideal and robust for coarsely mixed diets.

Additional Kemin Solutions for Curbing Mycotoxins

We offer Routine Mycotoxin Screening of Feed Samples — the Kemin created Customer Laboratory Services (CLS) ensures maintaining your feed quality and safety. With innovative tools, CLS translates your needs into insights. One such tool is our Routine Mycotoxin Screening of Feed Samples whereby we constantly screen thousands of feed and raw material samples. These screenings result in a huge database showing regional and seasonal mycotoxin contaminations. All data are gathered in regional surveys. Additionally, after a thorough screening of your feed and raw material samples, a tailor-made mycotoxin prevention programme is drawn up for you. Read more here.

Let us support you in the prevention of negative mycotoxin effects in poultry — contact us today to discuss a potential solution that fits your needs.