A veterinary toxicologist with University of Missouri Extension says aflatoxin is being reported in drought affected corn and dairy and livestock producers should test for it.
Tim Evans says if livestock feed contains corn with high enough levels of the mycotoxin, animals can be harmed and some products from those animals, like milk, cannot be consumed.
“One of the common problems we have with aflatoxin are violated levels in milk. Dairy cows, if exposed to a tiny amount of aflatoxin, can have it show up in the milk and then, that’s a violation.”
Evans says if aflatoxins are present, milk must be dumped.