Category Archives: Aflatoxin

RASFF Alerts- Aflatoxin – Groundnuts – Pakistan Rice


Aflatoxins in groundnuts in shell from Egypt in Poland


Aflatoxin in Pakistan Rice in the Netherlands

Research – Peanut Butter Food Safety Concerns—Prevalence, Mitigation and Control of Salmonella spp., and Aflatoxins in Peanut Butter


Peanut butter has a very large and continuously increasing global market. The food safety risks associated with its consumption are also likely to have impacts on a correspondingly large global population. In terms of prevalence and potential magnitude of impact, contamination by Salmonella spp., and aflatoxins, are the major food safety risks associated with peanut butter consumption. The inherent nature of the Salmonella spp., coupled with the unique chemical composition and structure of peanut butter, present serious technical challenges when inactivating Salmonella spp. in contaminated peanut butter. Thermal treatment, microwave, radiofrequency, irradiation, and high-pressure processing all are of limited efficacy in inactivating Salmonella spp. in contaminated peanut butter. The removal of aflatoxins in contaminated peanut butter is equally problematic and for all practical purposes almost impossible at the moment. Adopting good manufacturing hygiene practices from farm to table and avoiding the processing of contaminated peanuts are probably some of the few practically viable strategies for minimising these peanut butter food safety risks. The purpose of this review is to highlight the nature of food safety risks associated with peanut butter and to discuss the effectiveness of the initiatives that are aimed at minimising these risks.

RASFF Alerts – Aflatoxin – Peanuts – Peanut Butter – Red Chilli – Pistachios – Brown Basmati Rice – Dates


Aflatoxins in Brazilian peanuts in the Netherlands


Aflatoxins in peanut butter from Ghana in Italy


Aflatoxin B1 in red chili powder from India in Italy


Aflatoxins in pistachio kernels from Islamic Republic of Iran in Germany


Aflatoxins beyond the legal limits in brown Basmati rice from Pakistan in Slovenia and Hungary


Aflatoxin in dates from Tunisia in Belgium

France – Vanilla & Pecan Ice Cream – Aflatoxin

Gov france

Identification information of the recalled product

  • Product category Feed
  • Product subcategory Milk and dairy products
  • Product brand name The Manufacture of Beautiful Ice Cream
  • Model names or references Vanilla & pecan nut ice cream 120 ml / 81g Vanilla & pecan nut ice cream 460 ml / 300g
  • Identification of products
    GTIN Batch Date
    3433871240157 05/16/2022 Date of minimum durability 05/16/2024
    3433871250088 05/11/2022 Date of minimum durability 05/11/2024
  • Products List List_of_recalled_products.pdf Attachment
  • Packaging120 ml and 460 ml jars
  • Marketing start/end date From 05/16/2022 to 06/10/2022
  • Storage temperature Product to keep in the freezer
  • Geographic area of ​​sale Whole France

Practical information regarding the recall

  • Reason for recall Presence of aflatoxins in the pecans of these products
  • Risks incurred by the consumer Aflatoxins

Belgium – Mendiants (200g) – Aflatoxins


Allnuts recall
Product: Mendiants (200g) from the Allnuts brand.
Problem: Too high aflatoxin content.

In consultation with the FASFC, Allnuts is withdrawing the beggars (200g) of the Allnuts brand from sale and recalling them from consumers because of an excessively high aflatoxin content.

Allnuts asks its customers not to consume this product and to return it to the point of sale.

Product Description

– Product name: Mendiants
– Brand: Allnuts
– Best before date (BDD): 23/05/2023
– Batch number: 2211070
– Period of sale: from 23/05/2022 to 14/06/2022
– Type of packaging: plastic pots packed by 6 or alone
– Weight: 200g

This product was sold via various points of sale in Belgium

For more information , please contact:
013 55 05 59

Uganda – Uganda sets sights on reducing Aflatoxin burden

Food Safety News

The government of Uganda has started a campaign to tackle the high levels of aflatoxin in food.

The call, supported by Oxfam, the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), the Grain Council of Uganda and the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture, came ahead of World Food Safety Day this year.

Aflatoxins are mycotoxins produced by moulds and can affect produce that is not well-dried. High levels can also contaminate food crops like cereals, legumes, oil crops and others, posing a serious health risk to humans and livestock. Based on past research, consuming foods with high aflatoxin levels increases the risk of liver cancer and other related diseases.

High aflatoxin limits were also described as a “major barrier” to the export of Uganda’s agricultural produce to the East African region and internationally. Contamination can also cause crop loss, contributing to hunger.

The campaign is aimed at creating awareness and training all stakeholders in the value chain, from the farm to the final consumer, on how to handle food to avoid contamination.

Belgium – Various products from the Quality Nuts & Colosseum brands – Aflatoxin Levels


Colosseum Reminder
Products: Various products from the Quality Nuts & Colosseum brands.
Problem: Too high aflatoxin content.

RASFF Alerts – Aflatoxin – Dried Figs – Shelled Pistachios – Groundnuts – Nutmeg – Brazil Nuts


Aflatoxins in Turkish organic dried figs in the Netherlands


Aflatoxins beyond the legal limits in shelled pistachios from Turkey in Italy and France


Aflatoxins in groundnuts in shell from Egypt in Poland


Aflatoxins in nutmeg from Indonesia in Spain


Aflatoxins in Brazil nuts from Bolivia in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Norway and Sweden

Norway – Foodtrade AS and Sunrise Food AS recall Brazil nuts from Bolivia – Aflatoxin



Foodtrade AS is recalling Brazil nuts in 1 kg bags of the brand «The nut mixer Brazil nuts», in addition to Brazil nuts sold in bulk at fruit and vegetable stores across the country. The products are sold in the stores of Nøtteblanderen. The reason is that the nuts contain aflatoxin above the permitted limit value. Aflatoxin is a harmful toxin from molds.

About 300 bags of nuts from Foodtrade AS have been sold in Nøtteblanderen’s stores in Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger, Ålesund and Kristiansand in the period April-June 2022.

The nut mixer reports that the remaining products have been withdrawn and are no longer available in their stores.

The nut mixer asks customers who have purchased this product to return it to the store where it was purchased, or throw it in residual waste.

A total of 21 cartons of Brazil nuts from Sunrise AS have been sold in bulk in fruit and vegetable shops across the country. Consumers who have purchased the Brazil nuts after 2 May 2022 are asked to either contact the store where the product was purchased or throw it away.

The mold aflatoxin has been detected in a batch of Brazil nuts from Bolivia. Aflatoxins are carcinogenic and can damage the genetic material (DNA) after high intake over a long period of time. The amount of aflatoxin in these nuts is above the permitted limit value, and the products are therefore considered to be unsafe. 

The withdrawal applies to the following item:

  • Product name: The nut mixer Brazil nuts
  • Name of the company that recalls the goods: FoodTrade AS
  • Shop: The nut mixer (Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger, Ålesund and Kristiansand)
  • Lot no .: FT01L0012204BI
  • Best before date: 04/12/23
  • Net weight: 1 kg
  • Importer: FoodTrade AS
  • Country of origin: Bolivia
  • Product name: «Brazil nuts» – sold in bulk in store, delivered in cartons of 20 kg, marked P641332 / Implot: 220422
  • Name of the company that recalls the goods: Sunrise Food AS
  • Shop: fruit and vegetable shops all over the country
  • Sales period: from and including 3 May 2022 until 15 June 2022
  • Importer: Sunrise Food AS
  • Country of origin: Bolivia

RASFF Alerts – Aflatoxin – Pistachios – Shelled Peanuts


High content of aflatoxins in shelled pistachios from Iran in Italy


Aflatoxins in shelled peanut from Egypt in Italy