Mycotoxins Infect Corn Pet Food Ingredients

According to a report by, 2016 US corn harvests tested especially high in mycotoxin contamination. Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites produced by microfungi that are capable of causing disease and death in humans and other animals [source: NCBI].

According to the BIOMIN Mycotoxin Survey, 90% of corn samples tested positive for at least one type of mycotoxin. 

Mycotoxin presence results in poorer food quality and health challenges in both livestock and pets. These mycotoxins can combine synergistically to have a magnified negative impact on animals, even at fairly low levels.

Climate change and rainfall patterns may be causing increased fungal growth, and pet food manufacturers are facing challenges.


Here at v-dog, we decide to forgo not only animal products, but corn as well. Corn, soy, and wheat are among the major genetically modified crops in the US. GMO corn and soy also make up much of the livestock feed in the animal agriculture industry. Eating lower on the food chain decreases our risk of consuming highly concentrated toxins, and, of course, has a much lighter ecological footprint. We are proud to offer healthy, complete and balanced dog food for your pup with lots of good, wholesome ingredients and less of the risky, unhealthy ones. 

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