Animal Feed Contamination

Effects on Livestock and Food Safety

Edited by

  • J Fink-Gremmels, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

The production of animal feed increasingly relies on the global acquisition of feed material, increasing the risk of chemical and microbiological contaminants being transferred into food-producing animals. Animal feed contamination provides a comprehensive overview of recent research into animal feed contaminants and their negative effects on both animal and human health.

Part one focuses on the contamination of feeds and fodder by microorganisms and animal by-products. Analysis of contamination by persistent organic pollutants and toxic metals follows in part two, before the problem of natural toxins is considered in part three. Veterinary medicinal products as contaminants are explored in part four, along with a discussion of the use of antimicrobials in animal feed. Part five goes on to highlight the risk from emerging technologies. Finally, part six explores feed safety and quality management by considering the safe supply and management of animal feed, the process of sampling for contaminant analysis, and the GMP+ feed safety assurance scheme.

With its distinguished editor and international team of expert contributors, Animal feed contamination is an indispensable reference work for all those responsible for food safety control in the food and feed industries, as well as a key source for researchers in this area.
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Practitioners & academics involved in veterinary science & agriculture; Food manufacturers; Food safety specialists.


Book information

  • Published: June 2012
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-84569-725-9


This book is a comprehensive overview of the issues around animal feed., Australian Dairy Foods
With this handbook the editor and contributors fill gaps for all those working in the fields of feed and food safety and students in the fields of veterinary medicine and animal sciences, as well as feed and food sciences., Animal Feed Science and Technology
This book is highly recommended to all those interested in feed and food safety., Animal Feed Science and Technology

Table of Contents

Introduction to animal feed contamination; Animal feeds, feeding practices and opportunities for feed contamination: An introduction. Part 1 Contamination by microorganisms and animal by-products: The ecology and control of bacterial pathogens in animal feed; Detection and enumeration of microbiological hazards in animal feed; Assessment of the microbiological risks in feedingstuffs for food-producing animals; Detection and identification of animal by-products in animal feed for the control of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies. Part 2 Contamination by persistent organic pollutants and toxic metals: Hazardous chemicals as animal feed contaminants and methods for their detection; Animal feed contamination by dioxins, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and brominated flame retardants; Animal feed contamination by toxic metals; Aquaculture feed contamination by persistent organic pollutants, heavy metals, additives and drug residues. Part 3 Natural toxins in animal feed: Mycotoxin contamination of animal feed; Detection and determination of natural toxins (mycotoxins and plant toxins) in feed; Prevention and control of animal feed contamination by mycotoxins and reduction of their adverse effects in livestock; Dietary exposure of livestock and humans to hepatotoxic natural products. Part 4 Veterinary medicinal products in feeds: Feed additives and veterinary drugs as contaminants in animal feed - the problem of cross contamination during feed production; Antimicrobials in animal feed: Benefits and limitations; Alternatives to antimicrobial growth promoters (AGPs) in animal feed; Chemical risk assessment of animal feed. Part 5 Risks from emerging technologies: Safety of genetically modified (GM) crop ingredients in animal feed; Detection of genetically modified (GM) crops for control of animal feed integrity; Potential contamination issues arising from the use of biofuel and food industry by-products in animal feed; Nanoscale feed ingredients and animal and human health. Part 6 Feed safety and quality management: Animal feed sampling for contaminant analysis; Ensuring the safe supply of animal-derived ingredients for animal feed; Management of animal feed safety in the USA; The GMP+ Feed Safety Assurance (FSA) scheme.