Peanut butter contaminated with aflatoxin in Taiwan

In Taiwan, half of peanut butter that was sampled—20 samples in all from various stores, supermarkets and online markets—were found to contain aflatoxin.

The peanut butter was tested by the Consumers Foundation (CF), an independent, non-profit organization based in Taipei, Taiwan.

All of the 10 samples that tested positive for aflatoxin did not exceed the 15 parts per billion (ppb) limit. However, the CF reminded customers that continually consuming aflatoxin-contaminated food could be extremely hazardous. They also suggested that the public immediately freeze food items immediately upon opening the packaging.

The samples were collected in April 2014. The CF conducts tests of aflatoxin levels in peanut butter, and other peanut products such as peanut powder and candy, for “the sake of public health,” an article on China Post said.

Rice, peanuts, nuts and spices are some items that can be easily contaminated with aflatoxin.

Those who eat food contaminated with aflatoxin may experience vomiting, abdominal pain, pulmonary edema, convulsions, coma, and, in serious cases, death.

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