Aflatoxin B1 risk management in Parmigiano Reggiano dairy cow feed

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Giorgia Canestrari *
Barbara Ricci
Valentina Pizzamiglio
Alberto Biancardi
Pierluigi Piazza
Giuseppe Merialdi
Giovanni Tosi
Federica Giacometti
Marco Nocetti
Mattia Fustini
Andrea Serraino
Andrea Formigoni
(*) Corresponding Author:
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This study investigated aflatoxin B1 (AFB1) contamination in dairy cow feed and the risk management of AFB1 content in concentrates undertaken by feed industries in the Parmigiano Reggiano area. Data on aflatoxin contamination risk management applied in 29 feed industries were collected and the AFB1 content of 70 feed samples was analysed. Data were collected within the framework of a quality control programme promoted by the Parmigiano Reggiano Consortium in 2013 and 2014. Audit results showed that the control procedures to prevent AFB1 contamination mainly focused on maize and its by-products. AFB1 concentration resulted lower than 5 ppb [legal European Union (EU) limit] in all samples; in one out of 70 samples, AFB1 content was 3.8 ppb and in all the other samples it was lower than 3 ppb. Results showed that AFB1 risk management applied by Italian feed industries effectively monitors AFB1 levels in feed below the EU legal limit.

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