Regulations for Groundnuts/Peanuts in Malaysia (Source)

Groundnuts/Peanuts

Maximum Allowable/Recommended Units

15 ppb Total aflatoxin
(peanut and tree nut)

Total aflatoxins: 15 ppb
(Groundnuts, almonds, hazelnuts and pistachios for further processing; Brazil nut, shelled, for further processing)

Total aflatoxins: 10 ppb
(Groundnuts, almonds, hazelnuts and pistachios ready-to-eat; Brazil nut, shelled, ready-to-eat)

Total aflatoxins: 5 ppb
(Other foods for human consumption)

Selected Molds that produce aflatoxin

Aspergillus flavus, Aspergillus parasiticus

Commodities susceptible to contamination

Barley, cocoa, coffee, confectionery, corn/maize, copra, dairy, dried fruit, feeds, groundnuts/peanuts, infant formula, oats, rice, rye, sorghum, soy, spices, tree nuts, and wheat

Health effects

  • Liver cancer and damage
  • Immunosuppression
  • Decreased milk and egg production

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