According to the American Feed Industry Association, it is typical during a year where there are concerns about potential aflatoxin contamination in the new corn, for states to begin asking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for permission to blend corn containing aflatoxin at levels exceeding FDA’s action levels, so the blended corn may be fed to livestock.
Iowa is one such state. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship announced Tuesday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the agency's request to blend corn containing more than 20 parts per billion of aflatoxin with corn that has lower levels or no aflatoxin.
The AFIA reported as of Thursday, Sept. 27, three other states had also requested from FDA and been granted permission to blend under the same requirements as was given to Iowa. Find information on Illinois, Indiana and Nebraska. Several other states are in the process of or have submitted letters to FDA and have not received a response. AFIA said the FDA has indicated it will consider these requests on a state by state basis and will require the use of the blended corn to be controlled under the supervision of the requesting department.
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