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Hog Feed Recalled Due to Vomitoxin Levels Exceeding FDA Guidelines

EMSL Analytical provides animal feed and human food testing services to identify mycotoxins and other microbial and chemical contaminants.

Cinnaminson, NJ – WEBWIRE

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently posted information about a New York company’s recall of a lot of hog grower pellets produced this past summer. The agency reportedly tested a sample and determined that the levels of vomitoxin in the lot exceeded guidelines for swine feed and could be harmful to animal growth and potentially fatal to young swine.

According to the recall notice, vomitoxin (deoxynivalenol or DON) is known to cause vomiting, ulcer in the mouth, feed refusal and decreased body weight gain in swine of all age classes. Swine exposure to elevated levels of vomitoxin in feed for an extended period may lead to intestinal and liver damage, kidney failure, immune system failure and eventually death.

“Vomitoxin is produced by molds in the genus Fusarium and is known for its impact on grains such as wheat, barley, oats and corn,” said Jason Dobranic, Ph.D., Vice President of Microbiology and Life Sciences at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “Under the Animal Feed Contaminants Program, vomitoxin and several other mycotoxins are contaminants that are routinely monitored for by the agency. To prevent mycotoxins from becoming an animal health hazard, animal feed manufacturers are required to conduct a hazard analysis that identifies potential hazards within the manufacturing process. They also must provide evidence of consistent monitoring and preventive controls for mycotoxins in animal feed. At EMSL, our scientists provide mycotoxin testing services to help feed producers comply with these requirements.”

EMSL Analytical’s mycotoxin testing identifies aflatoxins (B1, B2, G1, and G2), zearalenone, ochratoxin A and vomitoxin. The company also provides microbial testing for a wide range of fungi and bacteria. These services are available to food and feed manufacturers, retailers, importers, exporters, distributors, government regulators and the general public.

To learn more about mycotoxins or other feed and food testing services, please visit or, call (800) 220-3675 or email .

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is one of the leading testing laboratories with over 46 locations throughout the United States and Canada. EMSL is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider specializing in fast laboratory results for mold, bacteria, Legionella, USP 797, pathogens, asbestos, lead, soot, char & ash from fires, VOC’s, odors, radon, formaldehyde, indoor air quality, microbiology, environmental, industrial hygiene, radiological, food, beverage & consumer products and material testing services for the identification of unknown substances. EMSL services both professionals and the general public. EMSL maintains an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies including, but not limited to A2LA, AIHA LAP, LLC. (AIHA EMLAP, AIHA IHLAP, AIHA ELLAP), NVLAP, CDC ELITE, CPSC, CA ELAP, NY ELAP, TX DOH, NJDEP and multiple other state accrediting agencies. Please visit our website at for a complete listing of accreditations. In addition, EMSL carries a wide range of Sampling Equipment and Investigative Products for environmental professionals.

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