EFSA’s risk assessments of mycotoxins. Interview with Dr. Bruce Cottrill, Member of the CONTAM Panel

Published on: 12/05/2014
Source : European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)

Mycotoxins are toxic compounds produced by different types of fungus, belonging mainly to the Aspergillus, Penicillium and Fusarium genera. They commonly enter the food chain through contaminated food and feed crops, mainly cereals. Dr. Bruce Cottrill is an expert in animal nutrition and a member of the EFSA Panel on Contaminants in the Food Chain (CONTAM Panel). As a long-serving member of the Pa...

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Sawsan El-Basuni Sawsan El-Basuni
Veterinary Doctor
December 5, 2014

Dear Dr. Bruce Cottrill,

I am interested in the risk assessment of mycotoxins on broiler chickens and evaluation the efficacy of commercially available anti mycotoxin drugs in my country to counteract the adverse effects of mycotoxins in vivo. 

Zhamharyan Lusine Zhamharyan Lusine
PhD, Biology
December 5, 2014
I know that in many poultry farms mycosorbents added to feed and that's why they didn't need to measure mycotoxins content, also it is a very small potential risk for human
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.
December 8, 2014
detoxification of mycotoxins through chemical, physical and biological processes are recommended. this will help to deactivate ,destrioy and remove the toxins and at the sametime ensure the nutrient value of the feed is intact. Destruction of fungal spores suspected to be the source of these mycotoxins would be useful
Dr Valeriy Kryukov Dr Valeriy Kryukov
Doctor in Biological Sciences
February 7, 2020
Over the past 10-15 years, the number of scientific publications on the binding of mycotoxins has sharply decreased. Apparently, science has stopped before the next stage of its development. A lot of commercial advertising, in which sellers promise a lot - just buy from me. Often misinformed farmers are misled.
There are no adsorbents that would bind at least 15 to 20 of the known 300 mycotoxins.
Some mycotoxins are always absorbed and no methods have been developed to prevent the action of absorbed mycotoxins in the body and reduce their retention in the body. I got the first laboratory results in this direction
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