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Ochratoxin A in feed of food-producing animals: an undesirable mycotoxin with health and performance effects.

Veterinary microbiology (2011-06-07)
Sofia C Duarte, Celeste M Lino, Angelina Pena
ABSTRACT

Mycotoxins are secondary fungal metabolites, whose presence in feed- and foodstuffs is unavoidable. Ochratoxin A (OTA) is one of the known mycotoxins with greatest public health and agro-economic significance. Several toxic effects have been ascribed following exposure, namely nephrotoxicity, as well negative impacts in the performance of farm animals, resulting in major economic implications. Of no less importance for the route of human exposure that can also embody the carry-over of OTA from feed into animal-derived products is also a concern. For all these reasons the present article updates the worldwide occurrence of OTA in different raw ingredients and finished feed destined to food-producing animals. After that a brief characterization of specie susceptibility and the major rationales is made. An historical overview of field outbreaks linked to OTA exposure in farm animals, concerning the implicated feeds, contamination levels and major clinical and productivity effects is presented. Finally a review of the major animal health and performance potential impacts of animals being reared on contaminated feed is made allied to a perspective regarding its co-occurrence with other mycotoxins, and simultaneous parasitic and bacterial infections. Ultimately, this article aims to be instructive and draw attention to a mycotoxin so often neglected and elapsed from the list of differential diagnosis in farm practice. For the unpredictability and unavoidability of occurrence, OTA will definitely be an enduring problem in animal production.

MATERIALS
Product Number
Brand
Product Description

Supelco
Ochratoxin A solution, 10 μg/mL in acetonitrile, analytical standard
Sigma-Aldrich
Ochratoxin A, from Petromyces albertensis, ≥98% (HPLC)
Supelco
Ochratoxin A, from Aspergillus ochraceus, reference material