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
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