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Occurrence of mycotoxins in extruded commercial dog food

Updated: May 9, 2020

DATE: 2015


CITATION: T.Gazzotti, G.Biagi, G.Pagliuca, C Pinna, M.Scardilli, M.Grandi, G.Zaghini. Animal Feed Science and Technology, Volume 202, April 2015, Pages 81-89

LINK: ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to determine the presence and the level of contamination of the most important mycotoxins (deoxynivalenol, fumonisin B1and B2, aflatoxin B1, B2, G1and G2, ochratoxin A and zearalenone) in 48 samples of extruded dry dog food found in the Italian market (24 samples from standard economy lines, 24 of premium lines). Analyses were performed using ultra-performance liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry. Although the concentrations of the mycotoxins in all samples proved to respect the European legislation with regards to animal feed, the analyses revealed a substantial presence of deoxynivalenol, fumonisins and ochratoxin A, with values above the limit of quantification (5μg/kg) in 100%, 88% and 81% of the samples, respectively. In contrast, aflatoxins and zearalenone contamination proved to be very modest, with 88% and 75% of the samples, respectively, showing concentrations below the corresponding limit of quantification (5μg/kg for aflatoxins and 10μg/kg for zearalenone). Moreover, despite a very heterogeneous contamination, the concentration of fumonisins and ochratoxin A was significantly higher in standard foods than in premiumones (491vs.80.2μg/kg dry matter for fumonisin B1; 113vs.38.5μg/kg dry matter for fumonisin B2; 599vs.103μg/kg dry matter for total fumonisins; 23.8vs.13.0μg/kg dry matter for ochratoxin A; P<0.001). Furthermore, a simultaneous presence of different mycotoxins (at concentrations higher than their limit of quantification) was observed in most of the pet foods analyzed; in particular, 19% of the samples were contaminated by no fewer than two different types of mycotoxins, 52% by three, 25% by four and 2% by all the mycotoxins evaluated. These results revealed the need for further investigation into the potential risk deriving from chronic exposure to low doses of the different types of mycotoxins that pet species are subject to today.


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