December 12, 2011

Feed stuffs may still contain ergot

Researchers from Ghent University Belgium, carried out a study on ergot alkaloids in cereals intended for human consumption and animal feeding. Ergot alkaloids are mycotoxins produced by fungi of the Claviceps Genus, mainly by Claviceps purpurea. Infections are mostly prevalent in cereals and wild grasses. Although nowadays effective cleaning procedures at mills allow removing up to 82 percent of ergots from grain, ergot alkaloids can still be found in feed and food commodities, sometimes at relatively high levels. Read more ...

This blog is written by Martin Little, The Global Miller, published and supported by the GFMT Magazine and the International Milling Directory from Perendale Publishers.
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