by Johan den Hartog, GMP+ International
First published in Milling and Grain, October 2015
Weather conditions during cultivation and harvest; procedure changes in cultivation; transport or processing of (raw) feed materials; human failure or even fraud; many elements can negatively impact feed safety. Our early warning system (EWS) teaches us that each year brings on new challenges.
“Sharing information from EWS through the feed chain strengthens the management of current threats, risks and incidents and consequently contributes to safe feed”, says Johan den Hartog, Managing Director of GMP+ International.
With its recent publication of the ‘Annual Report Early Warning System 2013-2014’ GMP+ International reports 62 EWS notifications in 2013 and 74 in 2014. The numbers increased compared to the previous years, a trend that seems to continue in 2015. The notifications are dominated by mycotoxins.
This threat counted for more than 50 percent of all notifications in 2013 and one-third in 2014. In 2013 Europe was hit by a serious incident with Aflatoxine B1 in maize (harvest 2012) from the Balkan region. Less Afla-problems were reported in 2014, but more Don (Deoxynivalenol), Zea (Zearalenon) and Ergot. Rainfall during cultivation and harvest in the Balkan region and specific parts of France and Germany were the main natural causes for fungal diseases in the crops and harvest.
Read the full article in Milling and Grain HERE.
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