Participation in Forum on September 15, 2019
It is encouraging to see that AFB1 and OTA could not build up. The samples were taken soon after the harvest and storage AFB1 producing molds could not proliferate. Although standard harvest procedure might have been followed, inclusion of grain physical parameters like moisture content would be more informative.
Participation in Forum on July 16, 2019
We clarified that natural drying could be used in dry seasons/regions. Drying to milling or processing moisture content is the key to achieve safe storage conditions. Seeds do need further drying based on desired storage time. Moisture-proof packaging is needed to maintain the moisture content of dry products (food/feed/seed) achieved by either natural or artificial drying. Usually, the rainy seas ...
Article published the January 3, 2019
The longevity of seeds in storage is highly sensitive to their moisture content (MC) and temperature (Ellis and Roberts, 1981). In general, the duration of seed viability (germination capacity) in storage is reduced by half for every 1% increase in MC (fresh weight basis) or 6°C increase in temperature (Ellis and Roberts, 1980; Harrington, 1972). Controlling storage temperature on a large scal ...
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Mycotoxins are toxic secondary metabolites produced by fungi and are involved in the contamination of grains used in human and animal diets (Gimeno, 2012). When ingested in high amounts, mycotoxins can affect the health and performance of animals by decreasing their immune response and increasing their mortality rates (Murugesan et al., 2015). The most important mycotoxicoses in breeder chickens ...
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1. Introduction Mycotoxins are secondary toxic metabolites that are produced by fungi growing on food products, such as corn, peanut, and wheat, among others [1]. Exposure occurs predominantly by the ingestion of contaminated feed, when contaminated cereals such as corn, wheat, peanuts and sorghum, as well as other raw materials, are used in the preparation of animal feed [2]. Aflatoxins are pro ...
Participation in Forum on March 3, 2018
Joe Stanyer Low resource households may need to be served with mobile dryers during rainy season though service providers who rent equipment to prepare land and harvest the food. Minimizing molds in food/feed is a better strategy than adding mold inhibitors. Although preservatives could be added to processed food/feed, there is continuous decline of nutrients in high moisture products. One could ...
Article published the February 22, 2018
1. The problem of postharvest food waste and toxicity A central issue for the 21st century is to continue to feed the growing human population in a sustainable manner, while accommodating the effects of climate change and limiting expansion of agricultural land and water use. Although predictions vary, there is little doubt that the human population will increase to 9 to 10 billion from the prese ...
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Participation in Forum on December 5, 2014
It would be better not to feed the chicken with mycotoxin-feed in the first place rather than adding mycosorbents and assume that the meat is safe. Trying to make the food chain free of mycotoxin should be our goal.
Participation in Forum on November 13, 2014
Even people are eating aflatoxin infested grains. The real solution for minimizing molds in the feed /food chain is drying grain and packaging in hermetic bags to avoid moisture build up. In other words, maintain a dry chain for both food and feed like pharmaceutical or processed food industry.
Participation in Forum on March 11, 2014
The current surveys point to the existing problems. Now, future attempts should be geared to minimize mycotoxins in food/feed globally.
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