Veterinary Research Communications

, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 283–294 | Cite as

The effects of naturally deoxynivalenol-contaminated oats on the clinical condition, blood parameters, performance and carcass composition of growing pigs

  • B. Bergsjø
  • W. Langseth
  • I. Nafstad
  • J. Høgset Jansen
  • H. J. S. Larsen


A feeding trial with naturally deoxynivalenol (DON)-contaminated oats included in feed mixtures at graded levels was conducted in growing pigs. The DON concentrations were 0, 0.7, 1.7, and 3.5 mg/kg of complete feed mixture givenad libitum to different groups. The data recorded were feed consumption, body weight gain, slaughter weight, biochemical and haematological data including serum immunoglobulin A, clinical condition and post-mortem pathology including histopathology.

Significantly decreasing body weight gain throughout the experimental period, decreased slaughter weight and reduced feed utilization efficiency were observed for the group fed a diet containing 3.5 mg/kg of DON. At the same DON concentration, there were increased liver weights and decreased concentrations of serum protein and albumin, and a temporary fall in packed blood cell volume, serum calcium and serum phosphorus. For the groups fed diets containing 1.7 and 3.5 mg/kg of DON, a statistically significant, dose-related decrease in daily feed consumption was observed. No other effects on haematological, biochemical or immunological parameters were recorded. The carcass quality was not affected in any group.

It was concluded that significant effects in growing pigs may be observed at a dietary DON concentration of 1.7 mg/kg, originating from naturally contaminated oats included in a diet that was otherwise adequate and contained only minor traces of other mycotoxins.


deoxynivalenol mycotoxin oats pathology pig trichothecenes 



alanine aminotransferase


aspartate aminotransferase


colony-forming units






feed unit




high-pressure liquid chromatography


immunoglobulin A


nutrient-free sporulation agar




potato dextrose agar


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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. Bergsjø
    • 1
  • W. Langseth
    • 1
  • I. Nafstad
    • 2
  • J. Høgset Jansen
    • 3
  • H. J. S. Larsen
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Toxicology and ChemistryNational Veterinary InstituteOslo 1Norway
  2. 2.Department of Pharmacology and ToxicologyNorwegian College of Veterinary MedicineOslo 1Norway
  3. 3.Department of PathologyNorwegian College of Veterinary MedicineOslo 1Norway
  4. 4.Department of Microbiology and ImmunologyNorwegian College of Veterinary MedicineOslo 1Norway

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