Regulations for All Commodities in Costa Rica

All Commodities

Maximum Allowable/Recommended Units

15 ppb total Aflatoxins
(Peanuts intended for human consumption or food industry)

20 ppb total Aflatoxins
(Corn, rice, beans, wheat, and other grains and legumes intended for human consumers and food manufacturers)

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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