Another Reason to Avoid Corn In Pet Food

December 29, 2013

According to a recent harvest analysis by Alltech, a global animal health and nutrition company, “all of the corn and corn silage samples submitted during the 2013 harvest tested positive for multiple mycotoxins.” (www.wattagnet.com/PrintPage.aspx?id=165155)

This testing demonstrated a need for producers/farmers to create a program to monitor the effects of toxins on all animal species.

The contamination caused by mycotoxins in pet food presents serious health risks to our pets, because the grains they attack are commonly used in the commercial foods we purchase for our dogs and cats.  In fact, several outbreaks of mycotoxin in pet food have been reported in recent years.

In an MSNBC News Services report in 2006, it was reported that “most outbreaks of pet mycotoxicosis remain unpublished and involve the deaths of hundreds of animals.”

“Mycotoxins are secondary fungal metabolites that exert toxic effects on animals and humans.”  These toxic secondary fungal metabolites pose a serious risk to humans and animals if cereal grains and animal feed become colonized by the fungi.

Mycotoxins grow on grains that are stored at warm temperatures with a lot of moisture present.  Proper care and storage could eliminate the problem.

Of the three main types of pet food – dry, canned and semi-moist – dry food is most likely to contain grains where mycotoxins can thrive.

Feed your pets as high a quality of food as your budget will allow, so that you are confident that it won’t be compromised by mycotoxins.  Always check the expiration date on dog or cat food and don’t give your pet outdated food.  When you get the food home, be sure to store it properly in sealed containers in the original bag to avoid any moisture getting into the food.

If you are still worried about the safety of your beloved pet’s food, choose a grain-free product that won’t contain any cereal grains.

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