Animal Feed Contamination

1st Edition

Effects on Livestock and Food Safety

Editors: J Fink-Gremmels
Print ISBN: 9780081016152
eBook ISBN: 9780857093615
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 11th June 2012
Page Count: 704
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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.

Key Features

  • Provides a comprehensive review of research into animal feed contaminants and their negative effects on both animal and human health
  • Examines the contamination of feeds and fodder by microorganisms and animal by-products
  • Analyses contamination by persistant organic pollutants, toxic metals and natural toxins


Practitioners & academics involved in veterinary science & agriculture; Food manufacturers; Food safety specialists.

Table of Contents

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Chapter 1: Introduction to animal feed contamination


1.1 Animal feed production

1.2 Feed safety

1.3 Risk management and communication

1.4 Future trends

Chapter 2: Animal feeds, feeding practices and opportunities for feed contamination: an introduction


2.1 Introduction

2.2 Feeds and feeding practices

2.3 Feeding systems

2.4 Feed contamination opportunities

2.5 Rapid alert to feed and food contamination threats

2.6 Future trends

2.7 Sources of further information and advice

Part I: Contamination by microorganisms and animal by-products

Chapter 3: The ecology and control of bacterial pathogens in animal feed


3.1 Introduction

3.2 Foodborne pathogen contamination in animal feeds and ingredients

3.3 Detection of pathogens in feeds

3.4 Persistence of Salmonella in feed

3.5 Sampling plans to control pathogens in feed

3.6 Reduction and/or elimination of feedborne pathogens

3.7 Conclusions

Chapter 4: Detection and enumeration of microbiological hazards in animal feed1


4.1 Introduction

4.2 Microbiological analysis overview

4.3 Role and application of culture methods for the detection and enumeration of microbiological hazards

4.4 Role and application of molecular methods for the detection and enumeration of microbiological hazards

4.5 Role and application of emerging technologies for the detection and enumeration of microbiological hazards

4.6 Future trends

Chapter 5: Assessment of the microbiological risks in feedingstuffs for food-producing animals


5.1 Introduction

5.2 Hazard identification

5.3 Exposure


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About the Editor

J Fink-Gremmels

Johanna Fink-Gremmels is Professor in the Veterinary Faculty of Utrecht University and works within the Institute of Risk Assessment Sciences (IRAS). She is also the current President of the European Association for Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology (EAVPT) and a longstanding member of the CONTAM Panel of the European Food Safety Authority. Her work on animal health risk assessment following exposure to contaminants and natural toxins has gained international recognition, resulting in many academic distinctions.

Affiliations and Expertise

Utrecht University, The Netherlands


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