WMFmeetsAsia, expanding our network

27 January 2020

28 January 2020

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Bangkok, January 2020. In January, Trouw Nutrition, a Nutreco company, had the pleasure of contributing as a gold sponsor at the first edition of the ‘World Mycotoxin Forum meets Asia” event. At this regional edition of the global event, held in Nikko Hotel, Bangkok, the company presented six scientific posters and an oral presentation.


Two poster presentations focused on the global and regional (Asia Pacific) prevalence of mycotoxins. Through the global Mycomaster mobile network present in over 40 countries performing mycotoxin analyzes, Trouw Nutrition has performed over 80,000 ingredient and feed samples since 2015. The comprehensive technology’s  database includes 42 different raw materials as well as compound feed, to provide a clear view on the trends and developments of mycotoxin prevalence in different regions. These posters complemented a main learning of the forum - Asia remains at high risk of aflatoxin contamination with increasing contamination levels of Fumonisins and ZEA c and considerable co-contamination.

Trouw Nutrition’s Mycotoxin Risk Management Programme offers farmers and feed producers tools to identify which mycotoxins are posing a risk, implement mycotoxin mitigating strategies and evaluate the efficacy of these strategies. One of the presented posters discussed the effect of applying Trouw Nutrition’s mycotoxin binders on broiler immunity and performance. The study showed promising results in improving growth performance, immunity, anti-oxidant status, and liver and kidney health of birds exposed to multiple mycotoxins. These results clearly show it is essential to reduce the mycotoxin effects in the feed-to-food chain.

Dr. Paul Bruinenberg, Senior Researcher at Trouw Nutrition, presented his findings on the prevention of fungal spoilage in feed, and mitigation of the adverse effects of mycotoxin on animal health and transfer through the feed-to-food chain. He specifically discussed the effect of propionic acid in damaging cell membrane and internal integrity of the germ tubes, but also the partial inactivation of the conidia. He also discussed the latest innovations in the area of DON management.

As the forum concluded, it is clear there is an immediate need to increase collaboration and capacity building in the Asian region to increase awareness of the mycotoxin risk and to work together to manage the issue. In line with this objective, Trouw Nutrition organized a customer seminar following WMF meets Asia. Working with a distributor partner, the seminar educated customers on mycotoxin risk and mitigation strategies. ‘This event is an important and valuable opportunity to meet the people dealing with the effects of mycotoxins in poultry and swine on a daily basis,’ said Dr. Swamy Haladi, Global Programme Manager Mycotoxin Risk Management at Trouw Nutrition. ‘Connecting with customers allows us to learn about experience in the field, and allows us to validate the solutions we offer. It was an inspiring session and we look forward to strengthening our position in the Asian region,’ Dr. Haladi said.