High Aflatoxin found by FDA in prepackaged peanuts


A recent advisory by the Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding pre-packed peanuts that contains beyond 20 ppb (ug/kg) of Aflatoxin level. Although the FDA did not mention the brand names of those pre-packed peanuts, they just wanted to warn citizens about eating peanuts as some have excessive amount of toxin.

Where did the toxin come from?

Common knowledge, the peanuts are agricultural crops that are harvested and dried. But if not properly dried, the raw peanuts may have grown molds already and later on produces mycotoxins.

Aflatoxins are contaminants of foods intended for people or animals as a result of fungal contamination. The most common foods implicated are cereals like corn, wheat and rice, oilseeds like peanuts and sunflower, and spices. However, the toxin can affect a very wide range of food stuffs (see below).

(The Global Dispatch)