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Alltech analyses 1,000th feed sample

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The Analytical Services Laboratory powered by Alltech Australia recently processed their 1,000th feed sample for mycotoxin analysis.

Following three decades of research and recent advances in the field of mycotoxin testing, Alltech can now detect more than 37 different types of mycotoxins, and many producers around the globe are getting their feed tested.

Established in September 2012, the Analytical Services Laboratory utilises LC-MS/MS analytical technology, which has allowed Alltech to gain valuable insights into mycotoxin levels and trends globally with unrivalled specificity, sensitivity and breadth.

Alltech’s 37+ Program provides a tailored, species-specific risk assessment of the expected impact on animal performance based on the mycotoxins found during analysis. A mitigation strategy is then recommended through balanced nutrition, feed management and addition of functional carbohydrates.

Steve Mobley, manager of the Analytical Services Laboratory, powered by Alltech explains the most significant aspect of this milestone is the quality of data accumulated by the lab. Virtually 100% of the feed samples analysed worldwide contain multiple mycotoxins. Individual mycotoxin levels detected by methods with less specificity and sensitivity than the technologies used by Alltech may not always identify the source of poor animal health. 

According to Dr Nattawadee Jantasila, Alltech Mycotoxin Management Team, the cumulative, additive and/or synergistic effects of multiple mycotoxins in the diet, regardless of guideline or regulatory levels can result in mycotoxicosis symptoms and detrimental erosion of animal productivity. 

He adds that the need to detect and quantify multiple mycotoxins at low levels should be the industry’s key concern; based on the tremendous response to Alltech’s 37+ Program, the industry is indeed taking heed.

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