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Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites produced by fungi when they grow on agricultural products before or after harvest, during transportation or storage. The molds most commonly involved belong to the genera Aspergillus, Penicillium and Fusarium.
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Mycotoxin binders

What are mycotoxins?

Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites produced by fungi when they grow on agricultural products before or after harvest, during transportation, or storage. The molds most commonly involved belong to the genera Aspergillus, Penicillium, and Fusarium.

 

Mycotoxins pose a severe threat to humans and as well as causing huge economic losses in the feed and food industries. These toxic substances are known to be either carcinogenic (e.g. aflatoxin B1, ochratoxin A, fumonisin B1), oestrogenic (zearalenone), neurotoxic (fumonisin B1), nephrotoxic (ochratoxin), toxic to the epidermis (trichothecenes) or immunosuppressive (aflatoxin B1, ochratoxin A and T-2 toxin).

 

The best-known consequences of mycotoxins are their clinical (diseases) and subclinical (productivity losses) effects on farm animals. The reduction of the value of raw materials and complete feeds is a lesser-known but very important repercussion. 

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Main consequences of mycotoxins in farm animals

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Broilers are less sensitive to mycotoxins due to their short life cycle. Digestive lesions and failure of antibiotic-free programs are the most common consequences of mycotoxins.

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In layers and breeders, mycotoxins reduce productivity by 0.08 eggs/hen/week, on average, and increase the occurrence of eggs with defects (thin-shelled and cracked eggs, pale yolks, etc)

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Ducks, geese, and turkeys are more sensitive to mycotoxins than chickens. The most common signs are low body weight, increased mortality and oral lesions.

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In rabbits, mycotoxins disrupt the reproductive cycle, reduce feed intake, make the animals prone to digestive infections and increase mortality.

 
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Pigs are extremely sensitive to mycotoxins. Digestive, respiratory, and immune alterations, disruptions of the reproductive cycle, productivity losses, and failure of AGP-free programs are the most common consequences of mycotoxicosis. 

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Ruminants are less sensitive to mycotoxins because microorganisms present in the rumen are able to totally or partially detoxify certain toxins.

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The risk by mycotoxin contamination is often overlooked by the aquaculture industry, but shrimps and fish are quite sensitive to mycotoxins and the occurrence of contaminated feeds is high.

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Fungi and mycotoxin contamination reduce feed use up to 18%

The reduction of the value and utilization of feedstuffs is a lesser-known but very important repercussion, key for the economic success of the farm. 

  • Loses due to growth of mold in feed or raw materials
  • Worsening of digestive enzymatic activity
  • Toxicity on surfaces of the digestive system, that reduces nutrient absorption
  • Block of the transportation of nutrients from the intestinal lumen into bloodstream
  • Interference with the metabolism of nutrients and drugs
  • Imbalance of the gut flora

Adding a mycotoxin binder, key to prevent diseases and economic losses

Adding a mycotoxin binder is necessary because:

- A large percentage of feeds are contaminated

- Most mycotoxins present in feeds go undetected

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A mycotoxin binder is needed to prevent economic lossess

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Others promise, we guarantee

PlusBind©

Excellent binding capacity at low doses

Main advantages of our PlusBind© line

  • Better adsorption capacity for all mycotoxin groups than other more expensive competitors.
  • We use activated silicates with an expansive structure, which makes it possible to obtain an available surface for mycotoxin binding of 7500 m2 for every 10 g of PlusBind© (equivalent to the surface of a football field).
  • Its high adsorption capacity allows a low dose in feed.
  • Our binders do not interfere with the absorption of vitamins, amino acids, or pharmaceuticals.
  • Free of heavy metals, dioxins and other contaminants.
  • We offer complimentary services on mycotoxin risk assessment.

Products

BioShield©, is a complete solution that protects your animals against toxicity by mycotoxins. It includes:

 

  • Broad spectrum mycotoxin protection (silicates with mycotoxin binding function)
  • Phytogenics that preserve liver health, safeguard gut health and activate the immune system.

PlusBind© is a mixture of carefully selected silicates intended for the prevention of diseases and productivity losses related to the presence of all types of mycotoxins. It is indicated in poultry, pigs, aquaculture and ruminants.

 

The silicates present in PlusBind© have a highly expandable molecular structure. This characteristic gives the product a wide surface available for the adsorption of mycotoxins and therefore allows high effectiveness at low doses.

PlusBind Bio© is a premium mycotoxin binder intended for poultry, swine, and aquaculture.

It contains two types of ingredients:

  • A mixture of carefully selected silicates, which have a highly expandable molecular structure in the aqueous medium. This characteristic gives the product a wide surface area for mycotoxin adsorption and therefore allows a lower dose (0.6-1 kg per ton of feed) to be highly effective.
  • Plant extracts with a prebiotic effect, which help to restore the balance of the intestinal flora and stimulate digestive immunity.

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