RASFF Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed about Aflatoxins
Aflatoxins pose new risk to European Maize Production
The European Commissions’ Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) has reported 10 notifications on aflatoxin B1 in maize of European origin since the last maize harvest in autumn 2012. In the 10 years prior to the last harvest – between 2001 and 2011 – a total of nine cases of aflatoxins were reported in maize. Aflatoxins have been mainly an “import problem” up to now. However, global warming is increasingly affecting the mycotoxin map in Europe, producing “tropical toxins” within Europe’s borders.