Even a low contamination of feed with mycotoxins leads to reduced feed intake, poor feed conversion and performance degradation. Higher toxin loads lead to anorexia and severe disease manifestations. This results in significant economic losses.
Endotoxins are bacterial toxins. Released in the intestine, they are absorbed through the intestine wall and thus reach the bloodstream. Inflammations of the intestine wall caused by mycotoxins facilitate the infiltration into the bloodstream. Even a low concentration of free endotoxins influences the immune system and exerts its damaging effect in many parts of the organism. Thus a variety of typical inflammations can be triggered. Endotoxins affect animal health and performance significantly.