Tunisia – Tunisia: Aflatoxin-Contaminated Rice Still Stored in Oct’s Warehouses

All Africa

Tunis/Tunisia — A 800-tonne shipment of imported white rice, nearly half of which is contaminated with aflatoxins, is still stored separately in warehouses of the Tunisian Commerce Office (French: OCT), CEO Elyes Ben Ameur told TAP on Wednesday. Another shipment of 600 tonnes is being checked.

The value of imported shipments amounts to 1.5 million dinars. Ben Ameur said the OCT became aware of the contamination in early 2021 after a self-monitoring operation.

Aflatoxins are mycotoxins produced by certain fungi that proliferate in particular on seeds stored in hot and conditions. They are highly carcinogenic.

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