NEOGEN Mycotoxin and Crop Report — Mycotoxins in NC Corn and Wheat

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This week’s Monday Mycotoxin and Crop Report video from NEOGEN focuses on the U.S. corn crop, which is doing much better than in 2019 in terms of development and yield. The report also includes information about mycotoxin reporting.

The video is part of NEOGEN’s ongoing, weekly series covering the status of crops in the U.S.

According to the report, North Carolina has reported Deoxynivalenol (DON) levels in wheat at 1-3 ppm. In July 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published Guidance for Industry and FDA: Advisory Levels for Deoxynivalenol (DON) in Finished Wheat Products for Human Consumption and Grains and Grain By-Products used for Animal Feed, outlining the maximum DON and ingredient inclusion levels for each species.

A new report of aflatoxin in North Carolina. corn at >300 ppb was also highlighted in the report. The FDA has action levels for aflatoxin in animal food and animal food ingredients. Compliance Policy Guide 683.100 Action Levels for Aflatoxins in Animal Food outlines the highest acceptable levels of aflatoxin in animal food and ingredients for each species.

As part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Preventive Controls for Animal Food rule, facilities should be aware of animal food safety hazards that could occur in their facility, including mycotoxins.

Incoming grains and other ingredients should be evaluated for safety before receiving ingredients into the facility. Be aware of where ingredients are sourced from and the potential for contamination based on reports from that area. It’s important to have a strong quality assurance program in place for testing ingredients and traceability.

Subscribe to the NEOGEN Monday Mycotoxin Report for weekly crop updates in the U.S.


If you have questions about animal food safety, including quality assurance guidance, please contact Marissa Herchler.