Randox Food Diagnostics recently launched an array to screen for ergot alkaloids.

Ergot alkaloids are mycotoxins produced by several species of fungi in the genus Claviceps. Contaminated feed with toxic levels of ergot alkaloids has been found to affect the reproductive cycles of pigs, poultry, and cattle, causing animals to terminate pregnancies, Randox said. They also have been shown to impact upon digestive systems, resulting in poor weight gain for meat production.

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