Monitoring for mycotoxins is the core topic in the current QS Monitoring Report Feed. Together with the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), the question of possible transmissions of mycotoxins from feed through the animal to humans will be investigated. The regular reassessment of contaminants in feed is also addressed. Other topics include ergot in cereals and how it can be detected, investigated and determined, as well as the Laboratory Competence Test 2019 with a pleasing result.
Mycotoxins, the toxic metabolic products of mold fungi, are a major problem for the safety of many food and feed products. Therefore, the fungal toxins in the QS system are subject to continuous monitoring.
For example, in sugar beet harvesting in 2018, sugar beet cuttings detected increased levels of the mycotoxin zearalenone (ZEA). Since there are no legal limits for this parameter so far, but the results show that there is a need for action, QS adjusted the guideline values for the mycotoxins DON, ZEA and Aflatoxin B1 as of July 1, 2019.
Experts from the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment explain in the current monitoring report the possible influence of contaminants such as mycotoxins on consumer health. For example, aflatoxins in feed can be converted to milk, meat and eggs.
DON, ZEA, OTA, Aflatoxin B1 as well as ergot are part of the control plans in the QS system - the Monitoring Report contains current guidelines as well as the latest facts and figures on mycotoxins in QS feed monitoring. Even if a regular reassessment is not required by law, but the presence of new data is relevant to health, it will be re-evaluated and the benchmark questioned.
Ergot, a fungus (Claviceps purpurea) whose alkaloids are highly toxic, is one of the main topics in the monitoring report. Since 1 January 2018, QS companies have been inspecting every grain shipment delivered for ergot. The test takes place visually. The monitoring report helps with practical tips on how ergot can be detected, tested and the result can be calculated. Data on the occurrence of ergot from 2013 as well as on ergot contamination at QS-certified farms complete the overall picture.
The interlaboratory test at the QS-approved laboratories for animal feed analysis ended with a pleasing result. 49 laboratories from seven European countries took part in the test: all laboratories passed the test, 94 percent of them even completely faultless. The monitoring report presents test criteria and other parameters.
The feed monitoring report is published annually. In addition to a practice-oriented summary of the current analysis results, it also contains background information and facts about feed analysis. You can view and download the 2019 Monitoring Report on the QS website