Category Archives: Aflatoxin

RASFF Alerts – Aflatoxins – Watermelon Seeds – Shelled Peanuts – Groundnuts – Pistachios

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RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 36; Tot. = 38 µg/kg – ppb) in watermelon seeds from Iran in Switzerland

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 4 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled peanuts from Argentina in the UK

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 2.5; Tot. = 4.5 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnut kernels from Argentina in the UK

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 18.46; Tot. = 19.65 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachio kernels from the United States, dispatched from Turkey in Italy

RASFF Alerts – Animal Feed – Aflatoxins – Groundnuts – Sunflower Seeds

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RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 0.43 mg/kg – ppm) in groundnut kernels for feed from Sudan, via the Netherlands in Belgium

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 35.5 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts in shell for bird feeding from China in the UK

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 769.88; Tot. = 871.98 µg/kg – ppb) in sunflower seeds from Egypt in Belgium

Nigeria – FAO Issues Alert On Food Poisoning in Lagos, Kano, Other Cities

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Abuja — The Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), an agency of the United Nations, has raised alarm over what it described as worrisome levels contamination of foods in Lagos and Kano States.

The FAO said a “Total Diet” study it carried out in two major Nigerian cities, Lagos and Kano showed various levels of contamination of foods at the point of consumption.

Speaking at an event jointly orgainised by the Federal Ministries of Health and its agriculture counterpart to mark 2019 World Food Safety Day in Abuja, the Country Representative, FAO in Nigeria, Suffyan Koruna said streets foods are now being consumed more than ever before, adding that Nigerians eat at least one meal out of home in restaurants, bukkas and other food vendors.

The FAO country representative who was represented by Mr. Alphonsus Onwuemeka said the organisation conducted a diet study in Lagos and Kano where it discovered rampant unsafe food consumption.

He said: “A Total Diet Study carried out in Lagos and Kano states showed worrisome levels of contamination of foods at the points of consumption with aflatoxins, mycotoxins, heavy metals such as lead and pesticides residues. This should reaweaken Nigeria to the looming health challenges and economic losses that could result from a lack of attention to food safety.”

RASFF Alerts – Aflatoxins – Seasoning Mix Chicken Tikka – Pistachios – Groundnuts

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RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 16.2; Tot. = 16.9 µg/kg – ppb) in seasoning mix chicken tikka from Pakistan in Ireland

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 14.44; Tot. = 22.46 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios from Turkey in Germany

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 22; Tot. = 27.3 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts in shell from China in Portugal

RASFF Alerts – Aflatoxin A – Roasted Pistachios – Groundnuts – Pistachio Bars

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RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 18; Tot. = 29 µg/kg – ppb) in roasted pistachios in shell from Turkey, via Belgium in the Netherlands

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 11; Tot. = 21 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnut kernels from Argentina in the Netherlands

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 15; Tot. = 18 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnut kernels from Argentina in the Netherlands

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 15; Tot. = 18 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnut kernels from Argentina in the Netherlands

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 58.7; Tot. = 67.14 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts from Egypt in Italy

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 28.2; Tot. = 35.7 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts in shell from Egypt in Italy

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 10.6; Tot. = 11.5 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachio bars from Turkey in Germany

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 9.6 µg/kg – ppb) in spice mix from Pakistan in Ireland

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 12.3; Tot. = 14.2 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachio kernels from the United States, via Turkey in Italy

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 14.7; Tot. = 15.4 µg/kg – ppb) in seasoning mix from Pakistan in Ireland

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 164.4; Tot. = 191 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts from Egypt in Germany

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 8.8; Tot. = 9 µg/kg – ppb) in seasoning mix from Pakistan in Ireland

USA – Cargill Expands Previously Announced Voluntary Recall of Select Southern States® Feed Due to High/Excessive/or Elevated Aflatoxin Levels

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Company Announcement

Cargill’s animal nutrition business is expanding its voluntary recall of select Southern States® feed due to aflatoxin levels that exceed FDA’s action levels. This is an expansion of the recall initiated May 6, 2019 and is the result of Cargill’s internal investigation that identified additional products containing an ingredient provided from the same supplier referenced in the May 6, 2019 recall announcement. The expansion includes products manufactured between October 31, 2018 and March 1, 2019.

Livestock, horses, and poultry exposed to elevated levels of aflatoxin are at risk of exposure to several health effects. Aflatoxicosis has the same acute and chronic adverse effects and health consequences across all species and age classes (immature and mature). Immature animals are more sensitive to aflatoxins. Acute aflatoxicosis may result in generalized hemorrhage, bloody diarrhea and death in 1-3 days. In addition, aflatoxin toxicity can cause reduced feed intake, reduced weight gain, liver damage, jaundice, and eventually death.

Cargill has received a small number of adverse event reports. These reports are currently being investigated to determine if they are related to the recalled feed. Cargill is voluntarily expanding the scope of this recall.

The following affected products were manufactured at Cargill’s Cleveland, North Carolina, facility and are being recalled from retail outlets and distributors in the Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia markets.

Consumers with animals who have consumed products referenced in the table and are exhibiting these symptoms, should contact their veterinarian. Consumers and other end users who have any of the affected lots in their possession should return remaining product to their local dealer or retailer for a replacement or full refund. For more information, call the Customer Service line at 833-224-2003, which is available 24×7.

RASFF Alerts- Aflatoxin – Basmati Rice – Groundnuts -Hazlenuts

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RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 4.49 µg/kg – ppb) in basmati rice from Italy in France

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 22.9; Tot. = 25.6 µg/kg – ppb) in unshelled groundnuts from Egypt in Italy

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 102.1; Tot. = 115.4 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts in shell from Egypt in Italy

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 4.1 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnut kernels from Argentina in the Netherlands

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 41.6; Tot. = 46.8 µg/kg – ppb) in hazelnut kernels from Turkey in the Czech Republic