“Mycotoxins 2009” was the title of a one-day scientific meeting held on 10 March 2009 in Thailand. Different aspects of mycotoxins in feed and food were discussed by a group of speakers from academic centres and the industry.
Mycotoxins continue to cause significant economic losses in animal production industries all around the world. It is impossible to accurately determine the economic costs associated with mycotoxins.
Multiple mycotoxins can be present in grains infected by fungi. This situation may occur especially in animal feeds compounded from ingredients produced in different geographic regions. Multiple mycotoxin contamination is of great concern to the poultry industry because mycotoxins can have additive or synergistic effects on poultry.
Some preventive strategies can reduce mycotoxin formation, but this becomes much more difficult when predisposing factors have a strong presence. Another issue is that we still have problems with the way that we take samples (ingredients and feeds) for laboratory analysis. We really do not know if submitted sample represents the whole batch. We also can not be very sure if mycotoxin concentrations in analysed samples are a proper reflection of the entire batch. We hear more often about “masked” mycotoxins these days. The mycotoxins can escape routine detection methods but can reach the intestinal tract of the animals.
What is next with mycotoxins as this was a question of “Mycotoxins 2009” meeting as well?