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Toxins 2012, 4(10), 836-848; doi:10.3390/toxins4100836

Estimation of Multi-Mycotoxin Contamination in South African Compound Feeds

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1 Food, Environment and Health Research Group, Faculty of Health Science, University of Johannesburg, Doornfontein Campus, 2028 Gauteng, P.O. Box 17011, South Africa 2 Department of Food Technology, Faculty of Science, University of Johannesburg, Doornfontein Campus, 2028 Gauteng, P.O. Box 17011, South Africa 3 Department of Chemistry, Environment and Food Hygiene, National Veterinary Institute (SVA), Uppsala 75189, Sweden
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Received: 11 July 2012 / Revised: 17 September 2012 / Accepted: 8 October 2012 / Published: 18 October 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Mycotoxins in Food and Feed)
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A total of 92 commercial compound feeds from South Africa were investigated for various mycotoxins. The data reveal the highest incidence of feed contamination for fumonisins (FB) (range: 104–2999 µg/kg) followed by deoxynivalenol (DON) (range: 124–2352 µg/kg) and zearalenone (ZEA) (range: 30–610 µg/kg). The incidence of ochratoxin A (OTA) and aflatoxins (AF)-contaminated samples were generally low, i.e., 4% and 30% of samples with levels ranging between 6.4 and 17.1 µg/kg (mean: 9.9 µg/kg) for OTA and 0.2 to 71.8 µg/kg (mean: 9.0 µg/kg) for AF. No samples contained T-2 toxin or HT-2 toxin. However, all samples analyzed were contaminated with at least one mycotoxin with a majority containing several mycotoxins. In particular, 3 of 4 positive samples mainly cattle feeds that had relatively high contents of OTA (ranging from 7 to 17.1 µg/kg) also contained high amounts of AF (>27.5 µg/kg) together with FB, DON and ZEA. Apart from a few samples, the levels of mycotoxins may be regarded as safe for livestock production in South Africa. However, the persistent co-occurrence of mycotoxins in samples, especially those at high concentrations, i.e., AF and OTA, together with other mycotoxins studied, may elicit synergistic or additive effects in animals. This should raise concern as multiple contaminations may pose a risk to livestock production and health.
Keywords: mycotoxins; fungi; feeds; health; South Africa mycotoxins; fungi; feeds; health; South Africa
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Njobeh, P.B.; Dutton, M.F.; Åberg, A.T.; Haggblom, P. Estimation of Multi-Mycotoxin Contamination in South African Compound Feeds. Toxins 2012, 4, 836-848.

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