GMP+ International adjusted the risk profile for Aflatoxin B1 for maize. For Croatia and Spain this means that the risk is changed from ‘Medium’ to ‘Low’.
The periodic evaluation of the country classification is carried out based on analysis results that GMP+ FSA certified companies must upload to the GMP+ Monitoring database, and is based on the results received by the other collaborating scheme holders.
The assessment of the analysis results is carried out based on the criteria established in consultation with these scheme holders. In practice, this evaluation work method has proven to be a good method for the short-term anticipation of current risks. The ad-hoc GMP+ Workgroup Aflatoxin B1 has approved the proposal for adjustment. The changed protocol takes effect on February 6th 2017.
The results justify the adjustments in risk classification. This means that maize from Croatia and Spain needs to be analysed less frequently, because the risk of the presence of Aflatoxin B1 is virtually non-existent.
To be able to reclassify countries, it is important for as much GMP+ participants as possible to upload their analysis results to the GMP+ Monitoring database and to share it with the GMP+ community. When uploading this information, please make sure that the origin of the maize is entered correctly and that the levels of Aflatoxin detected are entered with the correct unit (mg/kg).