Animal Feed Contamination

Animal Feed Contamination, 1st Edition

Effects on Livestock and Food Safety

Animal Feed Contamination, 1st Edition,J Fink-Gremmels,ISBN9781845697259

J Fink-Gremmels   

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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


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.


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

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

Animal Feed Contamination, 1st Edition

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.

Quotes and reviews

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

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