August 18, 2016

19/08/2016: Changed Aflatoxin B1 monitoring protocol

A new version of the Aflatoxin B1 monitoring protocol was published recently , as part of GMP+ BA4 Minimum requirements inspection and analysis. The protocol will also apply to maize and maize by-products originating from the harvest 2016.

Concretely, this adjustment of the protocol means that the harvest year 2016 has been added and that an additional table has been included with the risk profiles of the countries of cultivation of the maize harvest 2016.
The renewed protocol is compulsory and takes effect on September 1st 2016. Until then, the old protocol shall remain in effect for maize and maize by-products originating from the harvest 2015. 

Harvest year 2016 added
The renewed protocol provides minimum requirements for Aflatoxin B1 monitoring in maize and maize by-products originating from the harvest 2015 and 2016.

Risk profile countries of cultivation maize harvest 2016

Together with other collaborating scheme holders, GMP+ International has assigned risk profiles (Low, Medium, High) to the countries of cultivation of the maize harvest 2016. The risk of Aflatoxin B1 greatly depends on weather conditions, and these can change annually and per region. That is why, in the classification of countries, just like last year, information about cultivation and harvest conditions has been considered. 

In addition, attention has been paid to countries where possible mixing with old (2015) harvest from high-risk countries, could pose a risk for feed safety. Based on these criteria, the decision was made – at the beginning of harvest year 2016 – to first classify all countries as Medium with the exception of 15 low-risk countries and three high-risk countries. For the exact classification of countries of cultivation of the maize harvest 2016, please see the protocol.

Please note: The classification at the beginning of harvest year 2016, differs from the current classification for harvest year 2015 for the countries Canada, Poland and Czech Republic. These countries of cultivation have been classified as Medium for the maize harvest 2016, whereas they have been classified as Low for the maize harvest 2015.

Work method evaluation

GMP+ International will frequently evaluate and (re)determine the classification of the countries. The periodic evaluation of the country classification is done based on the analysis results that are (to be) uploaded to the GMP+ Monitoring database by the GMP+ FSA certified companies and based on the results received by other collaborating scheme holders with an equivalent protocol. 

The assessment of the analysis results is done based on criteria established together with these scheme holders. This evaluation work method has proven to be a good way to anticipate any current risks on short notice. As subscriber to our newsletters, you will be automatically informed about these changes.

Summary important elements Aflatoxin B1 protocol

The protocol assumes monitoring based on current risks. Depending on the cultivation area and the harvest year of the maize, these requirements are stricter or less strict. 

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Maize and maize by-products originating from areas where the risk of Aflatoxin B1 is high, must be analysed more frequently and intensively than maize and maize by-products originating from so-called low-risk areas. Each of the risk categories (Low, Medium, High) has its own set of monitoring requirements. These requirements are available in the Aflatoxin B1 protocol.

Positive release

For both the category High and Medium (with the exception of direct delivery per truck) positive release applies, in the sense that the user must be aware of the Aflatoxin B1 level in advance. Only then, the maize can be processed responsibly.

Batch size and risks The batch size varies per risk category and is strongly related to the means of transportation. The difference between High and Medium mainly lies in the maximum batch size that can be used for seagoing vessels. In the Medium category, it is defined as a hold, whereas for the category High, a maximum of 2000 tons is defined. 

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