Volume 7, Issue 3
Published: April 29, 2013
Mycotoxin testing protocols can protect ethanol co-products

The huge increase in ethanol production over the past decade has provided producers an unprecedented opportunity to produce profitable co-products. These products, such as dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS), are often a secondary source of business for ethanol producers, many of whom recognise its value as a costeffective animal feed product.

However, as a result of the ethanol production process, mycotoxins that may be present in raw corn can become concentrated during production, leading to coproducts that are not suitable for animal feed. Production of quality animal feed is important to a producer’s profitability and co-products must adhere to set limits on mycotoxin levels by following rigorous testing protocols to ensure their DDGS are safe.

Mycotoxin contamination in animal feed can have serious health and economic affects, from chronic health issues to loss of reproductive efficiency and even death. Ensuring potential DDGS buyers that an ethanol facility has a robust monitoring programme can greatly assist in marketing and selling ethanol co-products.

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