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Heavier DON, ZEN and FUM Levels Reported in 2016 US Corn and DDGS: BIOMIN Mycotoxin Survey


US - US feed and livestock producers have more reason to carefully monitor mycotoxin contamination in feed and crops, according to results of the latest BIOMIN Mycotoxin Survey.

In total, 387 corn samples and 79 distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) samples were sourced from across the US in 2016. A full 90% of corn samples and 100% of DDGS samples tested positive for at least one mycotoxin.

Higher risk

“The mycotoxin threat was higher in 2016 than in 2015,” stated Dr Raj Murugesan, Technical and Marketing Director of BIOMIN America. “Deoxynivalenol (DON), fumonisins (FUM) and zearalenone (ZEN) in particular present a potential risk to livestock animal production. This gives greater importance to regular monitoring of feed, crops, and silages,” he added.