Emina Mlakara from the Serbian Veterinary Directorate says that the Directorate expects for this year’s maize yield to have a higher level of aflatoxins as a result of the extreme drought this summer.
At the meeting of the Agricultural Committee of the Serbian National Assembly, the participants discussed an idea of distributing a pamphlet to farmers with the warning about what fodder do they feed their cattle with.
Milakara reminds that the allowed level of aflatoxins in milk in Serbia was 0.25 micrograms per litre since last October, adding that, in the EU, this level should be no more than 0.05 micrograms. Through the maize, consumed by cows, aflatoxins make their way into their milk and these toxins are some of the most potent cancerogens in the nature.
Aflatoxins are a family of toxins produced by the Aspergillus Flavus fungus that are found on agricultural crops such as maize (corn), peanuts, cottonseed, and tree nuts, especially in the countries with high humidity. They also develop rapidly in drought conditions.
A member of the Agricultural Committee, Miladin Sevarlic raised a question of how was it possible for Serbia to export its milk to Montenegro when Montenegro allowed only 0.05 micrograms of aflatoxins per litre of milk.
He also suggested that there should be different price categories for milk depending on the aflatoxin content which would be rewarding to those dairy famers who produce healthier milk.
(Nova Ekonomija, 11.09.2017)
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