Positive EFSA opinion for Biomin’s mycotoxin biotransformation

08-05-2013 | | |
Biomin gets positive EFSA opinion for mycotoxin biotransformation
Biomin gets positive EFSA opinion for mycotoxin biotransformation

Biomin is the first company in the world to receive a positive European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) – opinion on mycotoxin biotransformation.

In their scientific opinion, EFSA concluded that Biomin BBSH 797 (part of the well-established Mycofix product line) is not only safe for animals, humans and the environment, but also demonstrably efficacious in target species.

Following a request from the European Commission, the FEEDAP Panel acknowledged the product’s efficacy to reduce the epoxide group of trichothecenes to produce less toxic and thus, harmless metabolites. The Panel concluded that the evidence presented in ex vivo and in vivo studies confirms that this efficacy can be realised in animals when the additive is incorporated into trichothecene-contaminated diets.

Trichothecenes comprise the largest group of mycotoxins, the agriculturally most important thereof belonging to type A- (e.g.: T-2 toxin, diacetoxyscirpenol) or type B- trichothecenes (e.g.: deoxynivalenol, nivalenol). They are one of the major mycotoxins groups affecting not just Europe but worldwide. According to the latest Biomin mycotoxin survey report 2012 which analysed 4,023 samples worldwide, DON was found in 64 % of all samples with an average contamination of over 1000 pbb in all tested samples.