Montenegro could send back to Serbia 500 tonnes of aflatoxin contaminated milk.

By bne IntelliNews March 8, 2013
Montenegro could return 500 tonnes of milk imported from Serbia if tests confirm it contains elevated levels of aflatoxin, state radio and TV broadcaster RTCG reported, quoting the assistant director of the country's administration for inspection affairs, Spaso Popovic. The toxin is a potentially carcinogenic product released by parasitical fungi. Out of around 600 tonnes of milk imports from Serbia, some 400 to 500 tonnes could be aflatoxin-contaminated, Popovic said. Serb agriculture minister Goran Knezevic informed last week that 73 small farms were temporarily banned from selling raw milk due to excessive levels of aflatoxin. In December 2012, the Serbian authorities started inspections of the maize crop following reports that the severe drought, which halved the output to about 3.6 million tonnes, may have contributed to an increase in the presence of aflatoxin. Elevated levels of aflatoxin were also detected in milk produced in Croatia and Bosnia in February. Following a meeting in Belgrade in the beginning of the week, agriculture ministers of Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia and Macedonia agreed to strengthen quality control over cattle feed and milk in order to limit aflatoxin findings in food products.

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