Food Safety Manager and Veterinarian @Purina
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Mycotoxins are naturally occurring substances found in cereals and other vegetable crops and they can’t be avoided. There are different types of mycotoxins though and their effect varies depending on the type and amount ingested by an animal. For that reason at Purina we work closely with our suppliers to carefully check and control our cereals and finished products to ensure that our pet food is completely safe.
Mycotoxins are substances produced by certain moulds in various foods including vegetables and cereals. They grow during their cultivation in the field or during their storage in silos, and this growth is in part dependent on climatic conditions such as temperature and humidity. In practical terms, the presence of naturally occurring mycotoxins in certain plants and agricultural produce cannot be avoided.
There are many different types of mycotoxins and their effect varies depending on the type and amount ingested and on whether ingested by humans or animals. Some types are capable of causing diseases but others, like penicillin, if used correctly may provide a beneficial effect when used as a medical treatment. An individual or an animal can ingest mycotoxins without illness, provided the amounts ingested are below specific limits.
In all cases, our raw materials and finished products are carefully checked at all stages of the supply chain to ensure the complete safety of our pet food.
Each batch of raw materials and finished goods is subject to periodic inspections and tests. Initially incoming raw materials are visually inspected for mould and if observed the material is immediately rejected to minimise the risk of other raw materials becoming contaminated. Raw materials, which pass visual inspection, are subsequently subject to all relevant and required tests. If mycotoxins are found above the specified limits, the raw material is returned to the supplier. At our request, the supplier will be required to develop an action plan to minimise the risk of the problem re-occurring.
We do all this to ensure the maximum safety and health of our products.