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High levels of aflatoxin hindering Zambia’s groundnut exports

LUSAKA Zambia (Xinhua) -- Zambia’s groundnuts products are failing to penetrate the international market because of high levels of aflatoxins, its standards agency said on Friday.

The Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) has expressed concern over the levels of aflatoxins in groundnuts and other by-products such as peanut butter, saying this was a major hindrance in accessing international markets.

The agency has since proposed that the permissible limits of aflatoxins in peanut butter should be reduced from the current 15ppb (parts per billion) to 10ppb in line with international standards, according to a communique issued after a stakeholders’ meeting.

“The higher than internationally acceptable aflatoxin levels have been a major hindrance in Zambian groundnuts and groundnut products accessing international markets,” the communique said.

The standards agency has since proposed that there was need for farmers to improve their management of groundnuts so as to prevent fungal growth and aflatoxin production so as to increase the nutritional benefits of groundnuts.

This will enable the country to fully exploit the available market for groundnuts and groundnut products.

 

             

 

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