Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008
Food maker detects aflatoxin in Thai rice, prevents shipment
Source of Article: http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20081220a8.html
carcinogenic toxin was detected in Thai rice imported by
The revelation marks the first time aflatoxin, a poisonous substance produced by fungi, has been found in rice imported for edible use.
The processed food maker has already manufactured products with the tainted rice, after removing around 180 grams of the toxic fungi, but has not made any shipments, the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry said.
In a bid to secure food safety, the ministry said it has ordered the firm not to ship any of the products.
The rice in
question was part of 3,508 tons that arrived from
The incident came to light after the food maker found fungi in one of the 24 1-ton containers it purchased in late October and notified a local agricultural office.
The ministry said a panel of scientific and technical experts will investigate.
The ministry will not reveal the name of the food maker as it has not shipped any food products made with the rice.
No toxins have been detected in the Thai rice sold to other firms or in the unsold inventory of about 3,421 tons.
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