Posted by Adminstrator on August 29, 2016

The Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) has expressed concern on the levels of aflatoxins in peanut butter currently permissible in Zambia. This came to light during a ZABS Technical Committee on Legumes, Pulses and Derived products meeting that was held on 25th August 2016. The committee proposed that the permissible limit of aflatoxins in peanut butter be reduced from 15ppb (parts per billion) to 10ppb in line with international standards. the higher than internationally acceptable aflatoxin levels have been a major hindrance in Zambian groundnuts and groundnuts products accessing international markets. The committee further proposed that there was need for farmers to improve their management of groundnuts so as to prevent fungal growth and aflatoxin production so has to increase the nutritional benefits of groundnuts and exploit fully the available market for groundnuts and groundnuts products.