• EFISC Code of good practice for the monitoring of Aflatoxin B1 in maize - implementation as of 25 November 2013  15/11/2013

    This code of good practice provides the requirements for the monitoring of Aflatoxin B1 in batches of maize harvested in 2012 and 2013, originating from south and east Europe.

    In order to strive for a harmonised EU implementation, this Code of good practice provides monitoring requirements for Aflatoxin B1 in maize from the regions concerned and the co- products of maize processing thereof. The Code of practice is to be implemented by the EFISC certified, maize processing, starch manufacturers, as of 25 November 2013. The requirements in this Code are mandatory.

    Based on the information coming from the RASSF, surveillance programmes2012 & 2013 in the primary production, monitoring programmes and supplier information, concerned AAF operators, have strengthened their HACCP based risk assessments on a continuous basis in order to continue guaranteeing safe feed materials to their customers.

    AAF operators produce feed materials as a co- product from starch production. During the wet milling a number of production steps reduce potential high peaks of contamination resulting in food grade starch and feed materials were the contamination of Mycotoxins in general and Aflatoxin more specifically is homogenised. As the result of this process the risk of contamination of the feed material with a level of Aflatoxin above the legal limits is very low.