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facturer when trying to accurately
detect mycotoxins. "
Povlsen affirmed the importance of having a strong
food safety plan and a shared culture for food safety.
" Important here is to have internal standards, including
the determination of potential sources for aflatoxin
contamination, " he emphasized. " Secondly, be sure to
have safe and robust detection methods in place and, of
course, finally act on the findings to avoid future issues. "
Given the fact that mycotoxins are hardy enough to
survive various stages of food processing, preventive
measures are most effective when deployed consistently
and thoroughly across a facility, using the proverbial
multi-hurdle approach, experts said. The overall environment
of a processing facility can play a role in efforts
to minimize risks related to mycotoxins.
" From a producer perspective, ensure production,
storage and packaging facilities are clean and are at low
humidity, " suggested Di Lorenzo.
Having a mindset and approach rooted in the Hazard
Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) food safety
system, processors can manage critical control points in
the food processing chain to stem problems with these
harmful toxins. Screening incoming ingredients, especially
corn and other plant-derived ingredients that may
contain the fungus, is particularly crucial.
" Pet food processors can help control risk by testing
incoming ingredients and limiting the mycotoxin risk
purchased, " Hawkins said. " They can also use the levels
of mycotoxins present in ingredients in formulations
and limit the amount of mycotoxin risk
going into finished pet foods. "
Alltech offers a range of testing tools
that can help determine mycotoxin risk
and allow for needed control steps to be
put into place, he added.
Povlsen agreed that early testing is
a priority, noting that mycotoxins are
often found in corn, wheat and other
similar raw ingredients.
" Hence, it's always a risk receiving
these products, " he said.
According to Povlsen, there are
opportunities to improve on early
detection.
" A typical method today to avoid aflatoxin
in a supply of corn, for example,
is to take samples from [each truckload].
This is, of course, only checking
a 'few' kernels out of several tons, " he
said, adding that TOMRA has developed
a solution for improved detection.
" Whereas, using a TOMRA sorter
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Processors must have a robust testing and quality control program
to properly analyze incoming ingredients, especially grain products,
for the presence of mycotoxins.
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with the unique Detox detection, the customer not only
[screens] every single corn [kernel] for the aflatoxin
mold and fungus but also maps each supplier to take
further action. Simultaneously, having a TOMRA optical
sorter looking for the aflatoxin mold, the entrance of
any other foreign object is prevented. "
In addition to the testing of raw materials, there are other
critical control points in the pet food processing chain.
" The longer pet foods are stored prior to being sealed
in their final packaging, the greater the chance there is
of mycotoxin growth, " Di Lorenzo pointed out.
Pet food processors can take action to mitigate such
risks on the line during the production process.
" To prevent most fungal growth, water activity level
has to be below about 0.65 Aw, " Di Lorenzo said. " Dried
kibble will have a water activity around 0.5, whereas treats
like imitation bacon could have water activities nearing
0.7, and wet or prepared food with activities nearing 1. "
Other critical control points include packaging and
Mycotoxin
contamination in
pet food poses
a serious health
threat to companion
animals, including
chronic diseases such
as liver and kidney
fibrosis, infections
resulting from
immunosuppression,
and cancer.
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