One of the biggest dairy producers in Serbia, Imlek, has announced that it has temporarily excluded several farms from the purchase of raw milk due to elevated levels of aflatoxin based on internal and external laboratory controls.
In accordance with the relevant regulation, Imlek instructed the farms to implement measures to eliminate quality inconsistencies and adjust the animal nutrition plan, after which Imlek will continue purchasing milk from all farms that restore the required milk quality.
The company reminds that the suspension of the purchase of raw milk will be in effect regardless of the consequences and pressures it may face, all to ensure the highest quality, without exception for any farm whose milk does not comply with the relevant laws in Serbia.
Strict compliance with the Rulebook for Food Safety of the Republic of Serbia is one of the postulates of the Imlek Company, which continuously works to improve the quality management system and better and healthier modern life of the citizens of Serbia – the company said in a press release.
“The increase in the level of aflatoxin in milk, which is not legally allowed, occurs due to climatic conditions, that is, specifically when outdoor temperatures are too high. Our region is known for great heat and droughts and this promotes the occurrence of aflatoxin in milk in prohibited amounts. Because Imlek excluded only a handful of farms from purchasing their milk, I don’t believe that Serbia is facing wider contamination of milk with aflatoxins, which could, in turn, lead to a shortage of milk on the market. However, considering that milk with an increased presence of aflatoxin is dangerous for human health, everything should be done to eliminate this phenomenon. In order to achieve this, the state has to provide greater subsidies for agricultural producers so that they can have enough money to apply effective protection measures both in the production process and when it comes to the proper storage of animal feed”, says agricultural expert Vojislav Stanković.
Animals are exposed to mycotoxins such as aflatoxins by consumption of feeds contaminated by mycotoxin-producing moulds during growth, harvest and/or storage. Aflatoxins are toxic, carcinogenic, and/or teratogenic both to humans and animals.
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