Aflatoxin B1: changes in risk profiles countries of origin maize
15 September 2017
As a result of the evaluation of the available analysis results of Aflatoxin B1 in maize and available information about weather conditions during the cultivation and harvest of the new maize crop, GMP+ International, together with other accepted scheme holders, has adjusted the risk profile for Aflatoxin B1.
For Canada, Croatia, the Ukraine, Slovakia and the Czech Republic this means that the risk changes from ‘Low’ to ‘Medium’. This means that maize originating from these countries has to be analyzed more frequently, because the risk of the presence of Aflatoxin B1 is to be considered medium.
For Brazil this means that the risk changes from ‘High’ to ‘Medium’. This means that maize originating from Brazil has to be analyzed less intensively than before, because the risk of the presence of Aflatoxin B1 is to be considered medium.
For Serbia the outcome of the evaluation means that it changes from a ‘Medium’ risk to ‘High’. Maize originating from Serbia must be analyzed more intensively because the risk of the presence of Aflatoxin B1 is to be considered high.
The changed protocol takes effect on September 22nd 2017.
What can you do?
To be able to reclassify countries, it is important for as much GMP+ participants as possible to upload their analysis results to the GMP+ Monitoring database and to share it with the GMP+ community.
When uploading this information, please make sure that the origin of the maize is entered correctly and that the levels of Aflatoxin detected are entered with the correct unit (mg/kg).
Analyzing monitoring results is a source of inspiration for GMP+ International to emphasize potential risks in its communication and to develop FSP products that make the individual companies and the feed industry as a whole more resilient, to better face the daily challenges involved with supplying safe feed for safe food.