Serbia government increases aflatoxin inspections in corn crop

Severe weather conditions may have resulted in greater contamination, says government

Serbia’s Agriculture Ministry has increased its inspection of the country’s corn crop on reports that up to two-thirds of the harvest may have been contaminated by aflatoxins, according to reports.

Severe weather conditions, including drought, may be to blame for the increased contamination, said the Ministry. So far, 10 percent of the crop has been tested by specialists from SGS SA, a Swiss industrial inspection and testing company, with one-third having been found safe for human consumption and half safe for animal feed. The ministry has said the report is “unchecked and factually ungrounded.”

Serbia’s corn output shrank 45 percent in the 2012 crop year to 3.6 million metric tons, mainly due to poor weather conditions.