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What Are Mycotoxins?

Grains are biological and susceptible to mold and decay. What happens when this happens?
Aspergillus flavus Infection of Corn
Wicklow and Donahue, 1984

Moisture and food are just what fungi needs to thrive. Fungi can grow in little or no natural light and absorb nutrients from sources like stored grain. One byproduct of fungi growth is mycotoxin. Mycotoxins have a real toxic side effects to other plants, animals, and humans, requiring methodical review of how crops are processed and grains are handled to avoid animals from becoming sick or getting cancer.

Some of the actions required to prevent fungi from growing include controlling moisture, utilizing mold inhibitors, routinely clean grain/feed handling equipment, and continuous monitoring at all steps of plant and grain handling.

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