The PNS Code of Practice for the Prevention and Reduction of Aflatoxin Contamination in Corn was prepared by the Technical Working Group on Corn Quality Management (TWG- CQM) chaired by the Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Product Standards (BAFPS) created per Special Order No. 111 dated 30 January 2007. In close coordination with the TWG-CQM members, series of technical reviews and public consultations were conducted to gather inputs from different corn stakeholders on the draft standard for the Code.
This Code of Practice for the Prevention and Reduction of Aflatoxin Contamination in Corn will provide uniform guidance for all corn stakeholders as well as serve as common reference and basis for compliance to Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) for corn. This code will provide adequate measures to manage aflatoxin contamination in the supply chain following the framework of farm to table approach to food safety and will also provide guidance to all persons involved in producing and handling corn for entry into local and international trade intended for human and animal consumption. Among the identified mycotoxins, the aflatoxin has been identified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a significant source of food borne illnesses.