Aflatoxin-Contaminated Maize Problems Unresolved - Biofuel Assoc

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The Hungarian Biofuel Association has released a statement calling attention to problems caused by last year's maize harvest, which had aflatoxin levels above the EU safety threshold.

The association says that several of its members have already approached decisionmakers in August 2022 and warned about the problem of aflatoxin-contaminated maize crops.

Under EU legislation, maize with aflatoxin levels above 20 ppb cannot be used in any food or feed.

In the last six months, better-quality Hungarian maize has disappeared from the market and now the proportion of crops contaminated with aflatoxins has increased significantly, the association says, arguing that the government's recent ban on Ukrainian maize imports has worsened the problem.

The association says that from the very beginning, they have consistently and accurately informed the government about the problem of aflatoxin in maize and its extent, without any results.

The statement also says that the rumors that the government had offered funds to association members to address the situation are not true, adding that they are still unaware of the government's plans to resolve the situation.

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