Norel&Nature develops mycotoxin binder

16-12-2009 | |

In order to reduce harmful effects of mycotoxins, Norel & Nature has developed TOXINOR, based on the combination of montmorillonite, sepiolite, and diatomite.

Both montmorillonite and sepiolite are three-layered clay minerals and will bind mycotoxins between layers as well as on the surface. These phyllosilicates also undergo a process of purification and activation. Diatomite is an opaline silica consisting of fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of hard-shelled algae. The fossil skeletons are very small (2 microns to 1 mm) and porous. They act like a sieve and can trap some mycotoxins such as aflatoxins, T-2 toxin and Zearalenone. TOXINOR is stable and active at different levels of pH and temperature, and demonstrates a very good efficacy against aflatoxins, ochratoxin A and zearalenone in vitro.

It is also effective, to a lesser extent, against fumonisin B1 and T-2 toxin. In vivo, trials in swine and poultry indicate that TOXINOR reduces the impact of aflatoxins, zearalenone, ochratoxins and fumonisins, as well as trichothecenes (vomitoxin and T-2 toxin). Besides ensuring optimum growth and productivity of animals, the product also helps to control the hygroscopic degree in feed, allowing a better pellet quality and guaranteeing a longer shelf-life of feeds.

Natalie Kinsley Freelance journalist