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Inspection authority stopped selling peanuts with exceeded levels of aflatoxins


The Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority received through the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) information that peanuts containing an unauthorised amount of aflatoxins could occur on the Czech market. The notification was entered into the system by the State Veterinary and Food Administration of the Slovak Republic which also carried out laboratory tests of these peanuts.

Namely, they were Peeled Salted Peanuts (packaging 125g, best before 16 May 2008), which were imported from Russia and further distributed to Slovakia by company Vitana a.s. from Byšice near Mělník. Since the importer was a Czech company, it was probable that the peanuts also occur in the Czech market. CAFIA inspectors therefore investigated the whole matter directly at the importer, where they found out that only a part of the consignment got to Slovakia and the majority, more than 35 thousand packages, were distributed to the retail network in the CR. On the basis of imposed measures, Vitana is now obliged to contact all its purchasers and notify them that they must not sell the peanuts in question.

Since the limits for aflatoxins in the peanuts were exceeded only slightly, consumers are not endangered by an imminent health risk.

Author: Mgr. Martina Šmídtová - CAFIA spokesperson, phone : +420-542426633