Selko’s experts to share 2023 Global Mycotoxin Review

Dr. Swamy Haladi from Selko and Avinash Bhat from Masterlab will share findings on mycotoxin risk in today’s feed supply chain, where safeguarding ingredient quality has become extremely important, during the 2023 Global Mycotoxin Review webinar on February 8.

Selko's experts to share 2023 Global Mycotoxin ReviewSelko, the feed additives brand of Nutreco, is sharing findings from more than 70,000 analyses of raw materials and complete feed samples. During the 2023 Global Mycotoxin Review on Thursday, February 8, Dr. Swamy Haladi, Global Technical Commercial Manager for the Mycotoxin Risk Management Programme at Selko, and Avinash Bhat, Technical Specialist for Mycotoxin Analysis at Masterlab, will guide participants through the data and share key takeaways from the 2023 analysis. Considering disruptions in today’s feed supply chain, presenters will offer practical advice for managing challenges from the field through finished feed production.

The review will address the presence and levels of mycotoxins in samples originating from different continents and discuss the differential toxicity risk that mycotoxins in 2023 samples pose to livestock and poultry. “We should not lose sight of how last year’s grain conditions will affect feed quality through at least the first half of 2024,” said Dr. Haladi. Looking towards the future, the webinar will touch on predictive modelling tools to help scientists forecast future mycotoxin pressures. “Mycotoxins are always evolving, and new modelling tools may help scientists forecast future conditions with more precision,” Dr. Haladi said.

The webinar comes at a challenging moment for the animal feed supply chain as the rerouting of shipments in the Red Sea and record corn harvests in the U.S. are extending transit and storage times. About 40% of Asia-Europe trade normally goes through the Red Sea area. As shipments are rerouted due to geopolitical attacks, extended shipping times can allow moulds to degrade the nutrients in ingredients and produce mycotoxins. Stockpiling crops for long periods may also challenge quality assurance efforts on the farm. Extended exposure to humidity during storage can create favourable conditions for moulds to reproduce.

Disruptions affecting ingredients during transit and storage, as well as extreme weather events, heighten the need for effective mitigation strategies. “Some estimates suggest that the rerouting of shipments may extend crop transit time by at least 25%,” said Dr. Haladi. “As shipping costs are soaring (5 times more) and transit times are extended, it is critical that crops be safeguarded and the integrity of animal feed ingredients preserved.”