LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Alltech Mycotoxin Management program ended 2015 on a high note as its extensive mycotoxin analysis completed testing on its 10,000th sample. Since the Analytical Services Laboratory of Alltech opened in September 2012, more than 10,000 domestic and international samples have been analyzed for mycotoxin contamination at the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited laboratory.
An international standard that recognizes the competence of testing laboratories, ISO/IEC 17025:2005 is the basis of laboratory accreditation in more than 35 countries. The Analytical Services Laboratory of Alltech has received over 50 different feed sample types from more than 80 countries since the laboratory first opened in Winchester, Kentucky. The laboratory’s proprietary 37+® LC/MS/MS analytical method, developed by Alltech, is state-of-the-art in its detection and quantization of more than 37 mycotoxins at parts per billion (ppb) and parts per trillion (ppt) levels.
“This 10,000-sample milestone sets the bar in global mycotoxin investigation and reaffirms our customers’ confidence in the precise, accurate and thorough testing of Alltech’s 37+ mycotoxin analysis program,” said Steve Mobley, manager of the Analytical Services Laboratory. “Our diagnostic approach allows us to further investigate livestock and poultry health issues, study global mycotoxin trends and develop comprehensive, customized mycotoxin management programs for our customers.”
From the samples submitted over the past three years, the Alltech 37+ mycotoxin analysis has been able to put together an extensive portfolio on worldwide mycotoxin contamination and regional trends over time. The laboratory has found 97 percent of samples tested contain one or more mycotoxins, with an average of six mycotoxins per sample. Type B Trichothecenes and Fumonisins were present in more than 70 percent of samples.
The Analytical Services Laboratory is a division of Alltech, a global leader in improving the health and performance of people, animals and plants through natural nutrition and scientific innovation. In conjunction with the Alltech Mycotoxin Management program, the laboratory provides a powerful database to recognize mycotoxin issues around the world, providing producers with a more accurate picture of mycotoxin contamination. In addition, Alltech’s proprietary “traffic light” risk assessment provides insight to the additive and synergistic effect of mycotoxins on different animal species and ages when detected in multiple and even low level concentrations.
Since its inception, the Alltech Mycotoxin Management program has been recognized globally. Online media outlet China Feed Industry Information Network recently presented the Alltech Mycotoxin Management program with the Star Feed Additive—Top 5 Mycotoxin Solution award. In late 2013, the Alltech 37+® mycotoxin analysis garnered a one-star innovation award from INNOV’SPACE in France, a distinction program that awards new product and service innovations in agriculture. The program was also selected as one of the Dairy Herd Management Innovation Award recipients at the 2014 World Dairy Expo.