Discussion created on 07/13/2020

Mycotoxins and vitamin D in poultry

Mycotoxins interfere in the vitamin D metabolism leading to poor calcium absorption, causing Lameness. Does anyone agree to this point?

Dr. Meesam Raza
Poultry Consultant, PhD- Poultry Science
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Dr M G Nair Dr M G Nair
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
August 8, 2020

Yes, I agree with the statement. It is already proven that mycotoxins such as aflatoxin, ochratoxin, etc., can interfere with vitamin D/calcium/phosphorus metabolism.

Ram Singh Ram Singh
Ph.D (Animal Nutrition)
August 11, 2020
Yes, mycotoxins interfere with normal matabolism of Vitamin D. However, mycotoxins interaction with vitamin D is important. It is the level of mycotoxin in feed which is important that interacts with the vitamin D. What level of mycotoxin in feed disrupts the vitamin D metabolism, which has not been researched extensively so far. Therefore, the mycotoxin- vitamin D interaction is inconclusive.
Dr. Ram Singh Bibyan
Principal Scientist
CIRB, Hisar
Dr. Meesam Raza Dr. Meesam Raza
Poultry Consultant, PhD- Poultry Science
August 11, 2020

Ram Singh Thank you for your valuable insight, sir.

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