Anti-mycotoxin products approved by EU

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BIOMIN announces the authorization of two BIOMIN products as “substances for reduction of the contamination of feed by mycotoxins.”

Two products from the well-established Mycofix product line of BIOMIN, Mycofix Secure (bentonite/dioctahedral montmorillonite) and Biomin BBSH 797 (Gen. nov. sp. nov., formerly Eubacterium), have become the first-ever products authorized by the EU as substances with proven mycotoxin counteracting properties.

Biomin BBSH 797 is the first microorganism to be authorized, thereby affirming its capability in the biodegradation of trichothecenes. The patented active bacterium in Biomin BBSH 797 modifies the structure of these mycotoxins, a biotransformation process that renders trichothecenes such as deoxynivalenol (DON) harmless. This makes Biomin BBSH 797 a valuable feed additive for pigs, considered the species most susceptible to in-feed DON contamination.

Mycofix Secure is a bentonite (dioctahedral montmorillonite) that fulfills the strict requirements on aflatoxin-binding capability according to the European Union Reference Laboratory (EURL). In cooperation with the EURL, BIOMIN developed an analytical method to characterize the AfB1-binding capacity of bentonites which has now become a crucial part of the authorization process for aflatoxin binders. These efforts spearheaded by BIOMIN have paved the way for legalizing “aflatoxin-binding” as an official claim.

In 2010, BIOMIN, became the first feed additive company to submit a dossier to legalize the claim of “aflatoxin-binding” properties (Mycofix Secure). This was followed in 2012 with a dossier for the “biodegradation of trichothecenes” (Biomin BBSH 797) for EU approval. After a thorough scientific evaluation process, BIOMIN became the first feed additive company to obtain positive opinions from EFSA on these technological feed additives capable of reducing the negative impacts of mycotoxins in animals.

These efforts, leading up to the legal recognition of scientific claims on mycotoxin deactivation, attest to the dedication and long-standing commitment of BIOMIN in the field of research and development in functional feed additives, specifically in products with proven mycotoxin deactivating properties.

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