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Only Seven Percent of Serbian Corn Hit by Aflatoxin, Tanjug Says

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Dec. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Serbian corn harvested this year is not severely contaminated by aflatoxins, state-owned Tanjug news agency said, citing the Ministry of Agriculture.

Only 7 percent of the tested sample is contaminated by aflatoxins, Tanjug cited Nenad Katanic, the head of the Agriculture Inspectorate, as saying. Anyone anyone who “disseminated irresponsible, rushed and damaging statements about the corn contamination, which is the strategic commodity for Serbia, will bear adequate consequences,” he said.

Specialists from the Belgrade arm of SGS SA, a Swiss industrial inspection and testing company, said on Nov. 30 that one-third of the corn is safe for human consumption and half is safe for animal feed. They tested almost 400 samples, or 10 percent of this year’s crop, for aflatoxins, which are produced by fungi and considered carcinogenic to humans and animals.

To contact the reporters on this story: Gordana Filipovic in Belgrade at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James M. Gomez at jagomez@bloomberg.net

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