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Mycotoxin Risk in Aquafeeds

Lucy Towers
07 September 2016, at 1:00am

Mycotoxin levels in aquafeed samples can cause health and performance issues in fish and shrimp. Those are the latest findings according to a recent paper on the occurrence of mycotoxins in commercial aquafeeds in Asia and Europe, written by several BIOMIN authors, that was published in Reviews in Aquaculture, a scientific journal.

These results were also discussed at the recent BIOMIN Aqua Days.

Rui Gonçalves, Scientist Aquaculture at BIOMIN, explains the significant of the findings for the aquaculture industry.

What is the importance of this study for the aquaculture industry? What new information or insight does it offer on mycotoxins?

“The risk to terrestrial livestock is already fairly well-documented. During these last years we have seen an increasing awareness of the negative effects of mycotoxins in aquatic species. As plants proteins continue to replace fishmeal, the chance of mycotoxin contamination increases. Scientific research on the adverse effects of mycotoxins on aquatic species continues to advance, furthering our understanding of the topic," said Gonçalves.

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