DSM Animal Nutrition & Health recently hosted with Romer Labs an exclusive webinar following the release of their annual Mycotoxin survey in animal farming. Which featured in-depth discussions on the mycotoxin threats to aquaculture, poultry, swine and ruminants. In 2022, over 27,000 samples were collected and analyzed from 87 countries around the world.
The webinar touched on issues like upcoming mycotoxin threats in livestock feed across the globe; the uses and limitations of rapid testing solutions; beyond the usual suspects: mycotoxin contamination in commodities with less attention including alternative ingredients and by-products.
Also, they discussed the dangers posed by the presence of multiple mycotoxins and emerging mycotoxins; and the key components of an effective mycotoxin risk management program.
Different risk levels
In 2022, over 27,000 samples were collected and analyzed from 87 countries around the world. While the prevalence of mycotoxins remained stable in 2022 from a global perspective, there was variation between regions, indicating different risk levels for different sectors across the world.
Additional results included: prevalence levels for each mycotoxin in each region; global and local risk levels for each mycotoxin; risk levels posed to each species; comparison of prevalence levels from 2021; ten-year prevalence trend for each mycotoxin; more information about Spectrum 380 and Spectrum Top 50, the most comprehensive mycotoxin analysis service commercially available.
DSM has analyzed a large number of feed samples from all around the world since 2004 to understand and monitor contamination levels of the different mycotoxins in a variety of feed ingredients.
Hosted by Joshua Davis Ph.D., Communications Manager at Romer Labs, the key speakers of the webinar for EMEA where Bettina Behler-Wöchtl Dr.Med.Vet, Product Manager Mycotoxins at DSM Animal Nutrition & Health; Anneliese Mueller Ph.D., Product Manager Mycotoxins at DSM Animal Nutrition & Health; Nora Kogelnik Ph.D., Product Manager at Romer Labs; Wolfgang Markert, Mycotoxin Risk Manager EMEA at DSM Animal Nutrition & Health; and Sander Janssen DVM, Mycotoxin Risk Manager EMEA at DSM Animal Nutrition & Health.
Partnership to promote food eco-labeling
Also, Royal DSM and Foundation Earth, an independent, non-profit organization issuing front-of-pack Eco Impact scores on food products, announced their agreement to cooperate on eco-labeling of food and beverages to empower consumers to make more sustainable food choices based on transparent and credible information.
Within the new partnership DSM will undertake full Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) for participating brands under the Foundation Earth method, enabling companies to access an aggregated eco impact score on their food and drink products, as well as an ecolabel that can be displayed on the front-of-pack.
The scores delivered by Foundation Earth range from A+ to G and are re-certified yearly, making it possible for product owners to improve their production and grade over time.
The agreement means that agri-food companies joining Foundation Earth can now access DSM’s SustellTM service to measure and improve the environmental impacts of animal protein products (e.g. eggs, milk, fish and meat), based on accredited methodologies (e.g. EU PEF).
As a purpose-led company, for years, DSM has supplied science-based products, services and groundbreaking innovation fundamental to the health, well-being and sustainability of farm animals. With growing demand for sustainable animal protein that is safe, nutritious and affordable, they are helping the industry transition to a more sustainable future to meet this complex challenge, they say.
As essential nutrition is fundamental to the production of healthy, sustainable animal protein, they assure: “Our Essential Products provide vital nutrients for the healthy growth and development of farm animals — delivered to the customer in the most flexible, tailored way.”
Vitamins for animal performance, premixes customized for the customer needs and carotenoids for product quality are part of they offer to the farmers. Vitamins contribute to both well-being and performance. “With more than 70 years’ experience, we offer the world’s largest portfolio of trusted animal nutrition products,” they say.
And they add: “Our premixes are customized blends of functional ingredients – vitamins, minerals, amino acids, nucleotides, nutraceuticals, prebiotics, fibers, herbs and more – delivered to you in a single, homogenous compound.” And carotenoids, on its part, play a key role in animal health and reproduction, while helping ensure product quality, meet consumer expectations, and prevent food waste.