The Aflatoxin Proficiency Testing and Control in for Eastern and Central Africa (APTECA) program performs 3rd party verification activities to provide interested parties (i.e. millers, other industry, government agencies) with objective evidence of a laboratory’s capability to produce data that is both accurate and repeatable. The program also provides biannual global Proficiency Testing, working controls samples of known aflatoxin concentration for internal quality control, and the APTECA seal (Aflatoxin tested Process verified by APTECA), which can be used to demonstrate a laboratory’s competence to clients, potential customers, accreditation bodies and other external entities.
Cereal Millers Association in Kenya, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Health, Kenya Bureau of Standards(KEBS), Cereal Growers Association, COMESA, Texas A&M AgriLife Research at the BecA ILRI Hub, Office of the Texas State Chemist, International Food Policy Research Institute
Texas A&M Agrilife Research, Office of the Texas State Chemist
The co-regulation of aflatoxin in maize presents a possible regulatory strategy to improve food safety and provides a possible policy alternative to manage aflatoxin risk for African grain handlers, millers, and food safety authorities. The project will be conducted in three stages. First, sampling and testing best practices at commercial maize mills and grain handling establishments will be developed and implement; second, maize flour will be tested to support an IFPRI study assessing consumer demand for aflatoxin tested maize flour; third, the suitability of co-regulation as a means to reduce aflatoxin risk in maize products will be explored.
Texas A&M AgriLife Research at the BecA ILRI Hub, International Food Policy Research Institute BecA ILRI Hub Cereal Millers Association
Office of the Texas State Chemist - Texas A&M AgriLife Research
The Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA), Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture (REA), P.O. Box 3243, Roosevelt Street, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. T: 0115517700 | F: 0115182872 | E:email@example.com