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Aflatoxins in nuts

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Final Report of Priority Action A-030-19

The objective of the focus action was to verify compliance with the maximum levels for aflatoxins in nuts.

48 samples were examined.

  • No sample was rejected

Aflatoxins are mold toxins (mycotoxins). They are both mutagenic (genotoxic) and carcinogenic. They are among the most potent toxins found in nature.

Molds are common in nature - in soil, rotting vegetation, hay and grain - and can infect plant products and food. They are particularly common colonizers of oily and starchy plant foods, such as peanuts, pistachios, hazelnuts, walnuts, almonds, Brazil nuts, or other nuts, especially when optimal climatic growing conditions are present. Aflatoxins are heat-stable and are destroyed only to a small extent during cooking or baking.

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Last updated: 18.07.2022

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