Animal Feed Contamination: Effects on Livestock and Food Safety, Feed contamination with microbiological or toxicological agents can affect animal health, productivity and welfare.
Animal Feed Contamination: Effects on Livestock and Food Safety
At the same time, feed safety is an essential prerequisite for human consumption. The editor and contributors aim to provide an introduction to the complex matter of animal feed contamination, highlight several subjects of recent concern and illustrate the harmonization of legislation and strategies put into place by the global feed industry on feed quality and safety.
The book addresses the issues of microbiological hazards, contamination of feed materials by persistent organic pollutants and toxic metals and the risks associated with the presence of natural toxins in three separate sections. The next two parts discuss veterinary medicinal products as contaminants and the use of antimicrobials in animal feed and highlight the risks of emerging technologies. The final section is devoted to technical aspects of quality management.
The main areas addressed in the handbook include microbiological hazards, contamination of feed materials by persistent organic pollutants and toxic metals and the risks associated with the presence of natural toxins. On a global level, antimicrobial resistance is considered to be one of the major threats to the successful therapeutic use of antibiotics to combat human and animal bacterial infections. This is one of the topics treated in the section devoted to veterinary medical products as additives or contaminants in feed materials.
An emerging technology linked to feed production is genetic modiﬁcation of crops, as GM crops are an important source of the plant biomass used as feed material. Their safety for the animal, the consumer of animal-derived products, and diverse ecosystems is a matter of controversial debate. Other emerging technologies generate new challenges for those responsible for feed safety, for example in the case of the production of biofuel from plant materials, providing guidance on safe levels for the use of the by-products of biofuel production in feeds. A short introduction to the potential risks associated with nanoscale feed ingredients is also presented.
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