Serbia is not reducing allowed aflatoxin level in milk
The allowed level of aflatoxins in milk on the Serbian market should have dropped from 0.25 to the European limits of a maximum of 0.05 micrograms per litre as of December 1 this year.
This was foreseen by the Rulebook on maximum concentrations of certain contaminants in food adopted last year.
However,the adopted amendments to that Rulebook postpone the return of the limit of this carcinogen to the European maximum level until December 1, 2023, N1 reports.
The Minister of Agriculture, with the consent of the Minister of Health, adopts amendments to the Rulebook on maximum concentrations of certain contaminants in food, according to the Official Gazette of Serbia published on November 18. The new rulebook has already come into force.
The level of the allowed aflatoxin in milk on the Serbian market thus remains raised to 0.25 micrograms per litre, which is five times the European maximum level for this mycotoxin, which Serbia itself applied before the 2013 scandal.
Aflatoxin in milk arrives via maize, which is used as animal feed and it is “produced” by mould. That is why one of the key issues was to allow adequate drying of maize before storage.
From 2013 until now, the allowed limits of aflatoxin in milk in Serbia have changed several times – from 0.05 to 0.5 and than to 0.25 micrograms per litre.