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Farmers urged to have corn tested for aflatoxin

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler encourages farmers to have their corn tested for aflatoxin to prevent contamination of feeds and food.

Aflatoxin is a byproduct of the mold Aspergillus flavus, and can be harmful to both humans and livestock.

"The hot summer and the heavy rains from Hurricane Irene have increased the potential for aflatoxin in corn," Troxler said. "It's very important that farmers have their corn tested."

Some farmers may need to have corn samples tested for crop insurance or quality assurance purposes.

These samples must be submitted to a grain marketing location certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The tests cost $22.20 per sample.

For insurance or quality assurance purposes, farmers must submit a 5-pound sample of shelled corn by mail, UPS or FedEx to a USDA-certified grain marketing location.

The following locations can conduct USDA-certified testing, and they will accept samples between 6:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. weekdays:

Cargill Soybean Plant
Attn: Ben Honeycutt
1400 S. Blount St.
Raleigh, NC 27601
(919) 733-4491

Grain Grading Office
Attn: Judy Grimes
407-G Griffin St.
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
(252) 337-9782

Farmers who grow or buy bulk corn to feed to their own animals can have it tested for free by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' Constable Laboratory, 4000 Reedy Creek Road in Raleigh.
This laboratory is not on the Risk Management Agency's approved testing facility list; therefore, results from this location will not be accepted for insurance claims.

Farmers may drop off 5-pound samples of shelled corn at the lab or at one of the following agricultural research stations:

Forms for submitting samples will be available at collection sites.

Samples also may be mailed directly to the lab at the following address:

N.C. Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services Food and Drug Protection Division
1070 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1070

For additional information about the aflatoxin testing program, contact Jennifer Godwin or Michelle Gilliam at the NCDA&CS Food and Drug Protection Division, (919) 733-7366.

 

 

NCDA&CS Public Affairs Division, Brian Long, Director
Mailing Address:1001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1001
Physical Address: 2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh NC 27601
Phone: (919) 707-3001; FAX: (919) 733-5047