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PostSubject: AFLATOXINS....bacteria on corn   Mon Jan 14, 2008 8:02 pm

AFLATOXINS [aflatoxins] , a group of secondary metabolites that are cancer-causing byproducts of a mold that grows on nuts and grains, particularly peanuts. Although aflatoxin is most commonly produced when the potentially affected foods are improperly stored, recent studies have documented its production in the field, particularly if severe climatic changes occur or if the plants are attacked by insects. Most industrialized nations strictly regulate the aflatoxin level in human food. However, many of these products are used in animal feed The nature of the mold which causes aflatoxin in corn and corn products makes it difficult to detect. A single kernel on an ear may have the mold, and a truckload of corn may have only an extremely small percentage of infected kernels, Eugster said.

Probes placed in shipments of corn take samples from several locations in each truck, from the top of the shipment to the bottom, but can miss contaminated portions. It is very difficult and expensive to thoroughly test such shipments, Eugster said, and can add substantially to the cost of pet feed manufacturing.

DOG FOOD COMPANIES ARE REQUIRED TO SCREEN FOR ALFATOXIN. THIS CAN BE AVOIDED IF THE FEED COMPANY DOES CORRECT SCREENING / TESTING

AFLATOXIN IS A NATURALLY OCCURRING TOXIC CHEMICAL BY-PRODUCT FROM THE GROWTH OF THE FUNGUS ASPERGILLUS FLAVUS ON CORN AND OTHER GRAINS.

SYMPTONS OF AFLATOXIN POISONING INCLUDE LETHARGY, LOSS OF APPETITE' YELLOWISH EYES & GUMS, VOMITING, SEVERE OR BLOODY DIARRHEA, & DISCOLORED URINE.

THE ODDS AREN'T GOOD FOR ANIMALS WHO EAT AFLATOXIN-TAINTED FOOD. THEY HAVE PROBABLY A 50/50 CHANCE OR LESS OF SURVIVAL. THERE IS NO ANTIDOTE/CURE FOR THIS POISONING. IT BASICLY DESTROYS THE LIVER IN A VERY SHORT PERIOD OF TIME AND FROM PERSONALY EXPERIENCE BY THE TIME YOU SEE THE SYMPTONS OF YELLOWING IS NOTHING SHORT OF DEATH!!!

outbreaks are usually affiliated with severe droughts

High-level aflatoxin exposure produces acute liver problems, which cause internal bleeding. There can be excessive fluid build up in tissue, alteration in digestion, and problems with absorption and/or metabolism of nutrients. No animal species is immune to the acute toxic effects of aflatoxins including humans; however, humans have an extraordinarily high tolerance for aflatoxin exposure and rarely succumb to acute aflatoxicosis. Diamond Pet Food suggests that pet owners call their veterinarian immediately if their pet shows any of the following symptoms of illness: sluggishness or lethargy combined with a reluctance to eat, yellowish tint to the eyes and/or gums, and severe or bloody diarrhea.
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