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Association of Food and Drug Officials

2012

Resolution 4

Submitted by: AFDO Board of Directors

Date: April 15, 2012

Concerning: Aflatoxin

Whereas, Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring toxic metabolite produced by mold infestations that typically affects corn and peanuts which are ingredients used in both food and feed products, and

Whereas, Aflatoxin is a known carcinogen and has been associated with various diseases, such as aflatoxicosis, and

Whereas, consumption of products contaminated with aflatoxin pose a health concern to both humans and animals, and

Whereas, products that are deemed adulterated by the food industry or by regulation may be allowable as a product in the feed industry, and

Whereas, identifying and utilizing the aflatoxin knowledge of industry, agencies can focus on the most effective way to address the educational gaps between occurrence and prevention of aflatoxin in the food and feed supply chain, therefore

Be it resolved that AFDO recommend that FDA provide technical information on aflatoxin occurrence and prevention as well as on conducting hazard analyses and sampling protocols to the states for distribution to the feed and food industries and to the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance for inclusion in industry Hazard Analysis training and technical assistance.


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