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Canada Detains ‘Toxic’ Corn Shipments from India

(Press Trust of India)

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has decided to detain corn shipments from India after the agency found high levels of aflatoxin, a toxic element linked to various diseases, in the poultry feed.

"This is to prevent contamination of livestock feed in order to protect Canadian livestock and public health. This action is being taken as high levels of aflatoxin have been detected in organic feed corn originating from India," the CFIA said in a notice.

The notice dated May 26 stated: "Effective immediately, CFIA will be detaining all incoming shipments of corn imported from India, including organic corn, intended for use as livestock feed until it has been tested for aflatoxins." It also added that importers must sample the imported corn, including organic corn, upon arrival in Canada and provide test results to CFIA. Click here to read more.