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Alltech Hosts Premier European Mycotoxin Management Summit

[DUNBOYNE, Ireland] – Global animal health leader Alltech has announced it will be holding its first European Mycotoxin Management Summit in Budapest, Hungary, November 12 and 13.  

This year, European producers have seen a harvest with unprecedented mycotoxin contamination levels across much of the region, impacting heavily on the health of their animals, the safety of their feed supply and ultimately their profits. 2012’s harvest has shed new light on an issue, which for some producers up until now remained under the radar. Increased understanding of the widespread threat that mycotoxins can pose, together with advances in mycotoxin detection techniques and remediation strategies will arm producers with the tools they need to tackle the challenges of 2013’s harvest long after the crop has been cut.

The summit will host some of the industry’s leading experts in mycotoxin management from around the world such as Dr. Johanna Fink-Gremmels, Dr. Dave Davies, Dr. Sung Woo Kim and Dr. Elizabeth Santin. The seminar will also highlight the findings of Alltech’s 2013 37+ European Harvest Survey,  giving producers an accurate picture of the challenges they are likely to face in 2014, the impact this year’s harvest is likely to have on pig, poultry and ruminants, the changing regulatory environment and the measures producers can take to negate the damaging effects of mycotoxins.

 “We are delighted to be hosting our first European Mycotoxin Management Summit. This time of year is crucial, and the findings of our 37+ summer harvest survey will be relevant to producers since it will be from this harvest that their animals will be fed throughout the next year,” said Nick Adams, global sales director, Alltech’s Mycotoxin Management Team. “What’s more, the summit will demonstrate the need for producers to put in place an integrated mycotoxin management program that considers the challenge as a whole – from harvest to feedout and storage to feed management.”

“European producers experienced significant hardship as a result of feeding contaminated grains this year, and trading restrictions meant sourcing alternative was not always an option,” said Pedro Caramona, European sales manager, Alltech’s Mycotoxin Management Team. “We want to make sure that producers across Europe understand the risks associated with 2013’s harvest and are prepared for them. Our team is made up of technical, research and field-based people whose focus is on developing and implementing mycotoxin management techniques and solutions, which help producers safeguard the quality of their feed and the health of their animals.”

Earlier this month, Alltech earned a one-star innovation award for its Mycotoxin Management Program, 37+, from INNOV’SPACE, a distinction programme that awards new product and service innovations in agriculture. These distinctions were recognised during SPACE, the 2nd largest international agriculture tradeshow in the world.

Alltech’s 37+ Program is the most advanced mycotoxin analytical tool available to producer utilising a unique UPLC/MS/MS technique, investigating 38 different mycotoxins quantitatively and more than 50 others qualitatively in animal feed in less than 15 minutes per sample.

For more information or to register for Alltech’s Mycotoxin Management Summit, please contact your local Alltech representative or email Geraldine Salt (gsalt@alltech.com).

Notes to the Editor

About Alltech’s Mycotoxin Management Program

  1. Alltech’s 37+ Program analyses for multiple mycotoxin contamination in a given feed sample.
  2. The program provides a risk assessment and calculates the risk equivalent quantity (risk factor multiplied by the quantity of mycotoxin) for that particular feedstuff sample.
  3. Alltech has developed proprietary techniques to demonstrate how utilising the Mycotoxin Management Program can help to reduce the threat posed by multiple mycotoxins.
  4. The Mycotoxin Hazard Analysis Program (MIKO) from Alltech is designed to help improve production systems on farm and at feed mills by performing an audit; determining the critical control points; and establishing critical limits, monitoring procedures, implementing corrective actions, checking procedures and establishing protocols for recording information.
  5. The Alltech Mycotoxin Management Team provides a complete contamination report and recommendations for management and nutritional applications that can assist with negating the negative effects of mycotoxins on animal health and performance.