Mycotoxins are toxic chemical by-products that can be produced by organisms categorised as fungi under specific growth conditions. Fungi of one species or another, or their spores, can be found virtually everywhere.
Mycotoxins can be produced wherever fungal growth conditions exist, for example, in grains pre-harvest in the field and post-harvest in storage. As their name implies, mycotoxins are generally considered toxic, although not all are demonstrably toxic to every animal that may ingest them.
Mycotoxins greatly resist decomposition and even temperature treatments, such as cooking and freezing, will not destroy them. They have also been shown to be resistant to breakdown in an animal’s digestive system, so if livestock consume feedstuffs contaminated with mycotoxins they may be passed along into meat and dairy products.
Neogen Europe Ltd provides a laboratory service for the detection of mycotoxins of concern to the food and feed industry. A variety of techniques are available to suit your testing requirements and timescale, including competitive direct enzyme linked immunosorbent assays (CD-ELISA).
For further information on our range of mycotoxin testing services please contact your Neogen Europe Ltd. Sales Representative or Technical Support Tel: +44 (0) 1292 525 628 or email: email@example.com.