The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Department’s request to allow corn containing more than 20 parts per billion (ppb) of aflatoxin to be blended with corn with lower levels or no aflatoxin for animal feed. This allows the corn to be safely fed to livestock pursuant to the FDA’s long-standing guidelines.
Before doing any blending of corn containing aflatoxin, the grain dealers and the Department must sign a compliance agreement. A memorandum outlining the application process and a copy of the compliance agreement will be sent to all grain dealers licensed by the Department and can also be found on the Department’s website at www.IowaAgriculture.gov under “Hot Topics.”
FDA granted Iowa a similar request during droughts in 2003 and 2005 when aflatoxin was found in the state.
The blended corn must be clearly identified and labeled for animal feed use only and corn containing aflatoxin levels greater than 500 ppb cannot be blended.
September 18, 2012 - Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship/ USA