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Published On: Mon, Mar 10th, 2014

Philippines FDA: Nagaraya Cracker Nut recalled due to aflatoxin

The Philippines Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Food Industries, Inc started a voluntary recall of certain of its  Nagaraya Cracker Nut product due to increased levels of the fungal toxin, aflatoxin, according to an FDA news release recently.

Nagaraya Cracker Nut  Image/Video Screen Shot

Nagaraya Cracker Nut
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Specifically, the recall affects  Nagaraya Cracker Nut Original Butter Flavor (160 grams) identified under Lot No. 14019, with an expiration date 01242015F.

The recall involves only the specified product under the mentioned lot number and no other Nagaraya variants and sizes are affected by the recall.

Aflatoxin is a mycotoxin, a natural toxin produced as a secondary metabolite to certain strains of the fungus Aspergillus, in particular Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus.

The toxin is then excreted onto plants or pre-processed foods, some intended for human consumption.

Aflatoxins are contaminants of foods intended for people or animals as a result of fungal contamination. The most common foods implicated are cereals like corn, wheat and rice, oilseeds like peanuts and sunflower, and spices. However, the toxin can affect a very wide range of food stuffs (see below).

Different factors contribute to aflatoxin contamination. In semi-arid climates, the effect of drought can increase the amount of Aspergillus in the air causing pre-harvest contamination of certain crops.

Crops grown and stored in more tropical environments where the temperature and humidity is high usually have a higher risk of both pre and post-harvest contamination. Of course, much of the problem lies with homegrown crops that are not harvested or stored properly.

Aflatoxin poisoning can be broken up into acute and chronic disease depending on the amount of toxin ingested. When people (or animals) ingest aflatoxin contaminated foods, the liver is the main target for disease.

There is a direct link between aflatoxin poisoning and liver cancer. Liver cancer or hepatocellular carcinoma is an important public health concern in many parts of the world due to aflatoxin. In some countries, acute aflatoxin poisoning results in liver failure and death in up to 40% of cases.

Prevention and control of aflatoxin in developing countries is mainly focused on good agricultural practices.

Because it is impossible to completely eliminate this danger, in the United States feeds and grains are laboratory tested for levels of aflatoxins and food with unacceptable levels are removed from the market.

Foods most commonly affected by aflatoxins (from the USDA’s Food Safety Research Information Office):

• Cereals (maize, corn, sorghum, pearl millet, rice, wheat)
• Oilseeds (peanut, soybean, sunflower, cotton)
• Spices (chillies, black pepper, coriander, turmeric, ginger)
• Tree nuts (almonds, pistachio, walnuts, coconut)
• Dried fruits (sultanas, figs)
• Cocoa beans
• Milk, eggs, and meat products*

* Milk, eggs, and meat products are occasionally contaminated due to the consumption of aflatoxin-contaminated feed by animals.

Consumers who have purchased Nagaraya Cracker Nut Original Butter Flavor (160 grams) under Lot No. 14019 are advised to contact the Sales Department of Food Industries, Inc. at 810-0141. The public may also send their queries and other concerns to FDA’s official e-mail address, [email protected].

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