Amlan visits mycotoxin centre with Indonesian customers

10-01-2012 | | |

Recently Amlan International and its Indonesian distributor, PT Agri Trading Investment (PT ATI), invited their customers, CJ Superfeed and CJ Feed Jombang, to attend an Amlan seminar and the grand opening ceremony of Asia Mycotoxin Analysis Center (AMAC) in Chaoyang University of Technology, Taichung, Taiwan.

At the moment, the centre provides services for analyzing four types of mycotoxin contamination, namely aflatoxin, vomitoxin, fumonisin, zearalenone and nearly will be able to analyze T-2 and Ochratoxin.

Vice President & General Manager Amlan, Ron Cravens said that the company enjoys close working relationships with third party laboratories, universities and agricultural institutions that specialise in mycotoxin testing and research. And one of the relationships is with AMAC, who focuses on expedient analysis of agricultural commodities for mycotoxin contamination.

According to Cravens, Asia has a higher population or faster growing livestock output, hot and humid climate, lack of grain drying facilities and deficient storage infrastructure. All make mycotoxin contamination of feed a far greater problem. Due to all these reasons, there is more awareness of mycotoxins and concern about the losses associated with mycotoxicosis in Asia compared to other areas.

“To accommodate these opportunities, Amlan investment into the Asian market has risen. Amlan has dedicated a new $360,000 piece of equipment to the laboratory for use in testing for mycotoxins and other toxins to AMAC,” Cravens explained.

Amlan product, Calibrin A has grown the most since introduction because it was positioned as a superior, low inclusion polar mycotoxin binder, and was focused on the poultry broiler segment, Craven suggested. In Indonesia the majority of broiler producers use mycotoxin control products with an emphasis on aflatoxin. There is growing awareness and use of mycotoxin control products in other production segments such as layers and breeders where the concern is more comprehensive related to the number and type of mycotoxins that need to be controlled.