EU Proposes New Regulatory Limits For Mycotoxins In Feed

Following a meeting of the EU Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (SCoPAFF) on 10 – 12 February 2020, it was suggested that the maximum guidance level of mycotoxins in feed be reduced.

The proposed new guidance levels (ppm) are as follows:

Fumonisin B1 and Fumonisin B2

Current LevelProposed Levels
Maize and Maize Products6030
Compound Feed for Ruminants5030
Compound Feed for Poultry2020
Compound Feed for Pigs51

T2 and HT2 Toxins

Current LevelProposed Level
Other Cereals0.50.5
Compound Feed for Ruminants0.250.2
Compound Feed for Poultry (Layers)0.250.5
Compound Feed for Poultry0.250.1
Compound Feed for Pigs0.250.2
Compound Feed for Farmed Fish0.250.5


Current LevelProposed Level
Cereals and Cereal Products85.5
Maize by-products128
Compound Feed53.5
Compound Feed for Pigs0.90.5
Compound Feed for Calves and Lambs21.5
Compound Feed for Fish50.4


Current LevelProposed Level
Cereals and Cereal Products21
Maize by-products31.5
Sugar beet pulp / products0.5
Soybean and derived products0.5
Compound Feed for Ruminants0.50.5
Compound Feed for Piglets0.10.1
Compound Feed for Pigs0.250.25

The limits for the majority of commodities could be significantly reduced if the proposals are accepted.  With ever tightening regulations on feed, the need for accurate and reliable testing methods becomes even more important to protect against financial losses due to poor quality feed.  A modern analytical technique, capable of detecting all the above mycotoxins from a single sample is the best way to ensure your compliance.