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UPDATED: This version corrects instructions for submitting samples for insurance purposes.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, SEPT. 16, 2010

CONTACT:

Jennifer Godwin, feed administrator
NCDA&CS Food and Drug Protection Division

(919) 733-7366

Troxler encourages farmers to have corn tested for aflatoxin

RALEIGH — Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler is encouraging 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. “It’s worth a farmer’s time and effort to have their corn tested,” Troxler said.

Some farmers may need to have corn samples tested for crop insurance purposes. These samples must be submitted by an insurance adjuster to a grain marketing location certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The tests cost $22.20. Corn samples may also be graded at these locations.

Insurance adjusters should send a 5-pound sample of shelled corn by mail, UPS or FedEx to one of the following USDA-certified grain marketing locations:

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

Aflatoxin tests for feeding purposes are free and will be conducted at 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 and 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.

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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) 707-3005; FAX: (919) 733-5047

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