Aflatoxin Information

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What is aflatoxin?

It’s a naturally occurring substance resulting from the mold Aspergillus. Certain foods contain detectable levels of aflatoxin. Regulatory limits on foods potentially prone to aflatoxin, including animal feed, have been established to safeguard human and animal health. 

How does aflatoxin get into animal feed?

Mold can occur on crops during growing. Aflatoxin can develop when Aspergillus mold is “stressed” by certain conditions. Higher-than-normal aflatoxin can occur during the growing of corn or in storage after harvest.

How does aflatoxin affect animals?

Each species and type of animal has a different level of tolerance for and may exhibit different symptoms to aflatoxin exposure. Reaction will also depend on the overall health and age of your animal. In general, short-term exposure can result in lethargy, loss of coordination, muscle spasms and convulsions. Longer-term symptoms may include weight loss, anemia, jaundice, bloody stool, diarrhea and formation of hematomas (a collection of blood outside blood vessels) beneath the skin.

Can aflatoxin affect humans? 

Yes, if foods with excessive aflatoxin are consumed. Handling of feed should not pose a health risk.

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