Effects of Ochratoxin A on Livestock ProductionAuthor(s): Gianni Battacone | Anna Nudda | Giuseppe Pulina
Journal: Toxins ISSN 2072-6651
Volume: 2; Issue: 7; Start page: 1796; Date: 2010;
Keywords: Ochratoxin A | livestock performance | livestock health | food safety
Ochratoxin A (OTA) contamination often causes large economic losses on livestock production. The intake of feed contaminated by OTA also represents a potential risk for animal health and a food safety issue due to the transfer of the toxin through the food chain to humans. The aim of this paper is to review the available literature on: (1) the frequency and degree of occurrence of OTA in different feedstuffs; (2) the toxicological effects of OTA intake on the performance of the main livestock (i.e., poultry, swine, cattle, goats and sheep); and (3) the transfer of OTA, or its metabolites, from animal feed into animal products such as milk, meat and eggs.