As a result of evaluation of available analyses for corn, GMP + International – together with its major scheme owners- changed the risk profile for Aflatoxin B1 for two countries.
For the Czech Republic, this means that it moves from a medium risk to a low risk. India moves from a medium risk to a high risk. In practice, this means that maize from the Czech Republic need to be analysed less frequent because the risk to the occurrence of Aflatoxin B1 is virtually zero. Maize from India, however, must be intensively analysed because the risk of the occurrence of Aflatoxin B1 is particularly high.
The periodic evaluation of the country classification is based on the analytical results of the GMP + certified companies that enter their data in in the GMP + Monitoring database. In addition, the risk profiles for countries is also determined, based on results received by other collaborative scheme holders. The assessment of the data is done on the basis of criteria established with the scheme holders. This method of evaluation has shown to be a good way to anticipate quickly on current risks. GMP+ addresses the need that countries share their data in the GMP+ Monitoring database, to have enough data to evaluate the risks for more countries. GMP+ participants should enter the origin of the maize and the observed levels of aflatoxins in mg / kg.
The ad hoc ‘Working Group GMP + Aflatoxin B1’ has approved the proposed amendment in the risk profile for India and Czech Republic. The amended Protocol will come into force on March 10, 2016.