Animal Feed

Keeping mycotoxins out of the food chain : naturally

Livestock is very important for human nutrition. Almost 40% of the human protein intake is covered by livestock , with eggs, milk and meat serving as food products worldwide. Therefore it is of utmost importance to keep the animals that provide these food products healthy.

A large proportion of the dry feed used for livestock consists of grains such as corn, wheat, barley, oats, soybeans and rice. Under certain environmental conditions – both during the growth phase and storage – several types of mildew and therefore also poisonous mycotoxins form in feed. International trading of feed and feed additives also means longer transportation and storage, which exposes feedstuff to risk of mould fungus attack. While preventative actions such as timely harvests and proper storage can reduce the risk of mycotoxin contamination in feed, more needs to be done to prevent it entirely.
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1 billion tons of food products lost

According to the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), about 25% of feed worldwide is critically contaminated. This leads to economic losses due to reduced animal health and eventual loss of productivity for the farming industry, for example, through reduced milk or meat production. It only takes low concentrations of mycotoxins to show a toxic effect in humans as well as in animals. According to the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), 26,000 sub-Saharan Africans die from liver cancer annually, which is likely due to aflatoxin pollution.

The FAO estimates that mycotoxin contamination leads worldwide to an annual loss of 1 billion tons of food products . Theoretically, this amount would be sufficient to feed the entire starving world population of almost 900 million people for three years.

100% natural solution

Clariant offers the farming industry a 100% natural solution for effectively eliminating the harmful effects of feed-related mycotoxins on livestock. Our clay mineral detoxifiers, Toxisorb® Classic and unique broadband talent Toxisorb® Premium, immobilize and deactivate mycotoxins, contributing to animal health and safer meat and dairy produce.

When added to animal feed formulations and consumed, the natural adsorbents are highly efficient in removing mycotoxins. The FAMI-QS-certified products typically need only minimal dosage of 1-4 kg per ton of animal feed. Both products are suitable for all kinds and ages of animals and all feedstuffs.

»Clariant has 150 years of experience in this field. Combined with the collaboration of geologists and scientists and extensive studies, we have a solid foundation for this clay mineral as the ideal, natural solution against the risk of mycotoxins. This high-quality raw material is merely dried and milled before use and complies with all legal requirements for feed additives. With Toxisorb Premium, Clariant eliminates toxic substances in a natural manner, contributing to the health of animals and the safety of food products.«

– says Dr Friedrich Ruf, Head of Application Development, EMEA Functional Minerals, Clariant.


Toxisorb Classic is the all-rounder for the adsorptive removal of Aflatoxins, the most harmful toxin. Toxisorb Premium goes the next step, covering the majority of toxins caused by mould fungi in animal feed. It is a broadband solution binding up to 90% of polar and non-polar toxins including those in the digestive tract, such as the large-molecular-weight endotoxins and enterotoxins which are produced by certain bacteria only after reaching the digestive tract.

Toxisorb Premium attracts and binds toxins in the digestive tract of the animal before they can cause damage. The nutrients in the feed pass through the mineral unhindered. So bound, the toxins are prevented from further transfer into the animal’s bloodstream - a positive benefit in avoiding contamination within the food chain.
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The now inactive mycotoxins are eliminated with the digestive waste products still bound to the TOXISORB product. The return of the clay to nature gives an added benefit for farmers and the environment, by improving soil quality when used as field dung.

The broad effectiveness of Toxisorb Premium is confirmed by the U.S. Trilogy Analytical Laboratory. In studies, it has demonstrated an excellent effectiveness in binding and thus deactivating a broad range of mycotoxins, and shows a significantly better performance in comparison tests regarding the adsorption of mycotoxin.


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