Late last week, the state's grain industry sent a request to the Illinois Department of Agriculture seeking a waiver from the federal prohibition against blending aflatoxin-contaminated corn.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the department announced the waiver has been granted under specific conditions:
- Corn contaminated with aflatoxin above 20 ppb may be blended with other corn to
the extent that the resulting product is below the appropriate aflatoxin action level
in corn used as or in animal feed.
- The blended corn will be clearly identified and labeled for animal feed use only.
- Corn containing aflatoxin levels greater than 500 ppb cannot be blended.
The waiver will be effective through December 31, 2012.