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Ochratoxins in Feed, a Risk for Animal and Human Health: Control Strategies

Author(s): Muzaffer Denli | Jose F. Perez

Journal: Toxins
ISSN 2072-6651

Volume: 2;
Issue: 5;
Start page: 1065;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: ochratoxins | toxicity | human | animals | control strategies

Ochratoxin A (OTA) has been shown to be a potent nephrotoxic, hepatotoxic, and teratogenic compound. In farm animals, the intake of feed contaminated with OTA affects animal health and productivity, and may result in the presence of OTA in the animal products. Strategies for the control of OTA in food products require early identification and elimination of contaminated commodities from the food chain. However, current analytical protocols may fail to identify contaminated products, especially in animal feed. The present paper discusses the impact of OTA on human and animal health, with special emphasis on the potential risks of OTA residue in animal products, and control strategies applied in the feed industry.