UAE Authorities Have Launched A Crackdown On The Contaminated Nuts
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The Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) and the Municipality of Dubai have launched a crackdown on pistachio nuts that are contaminated by fungal toxins that could harm consumer's health. 

Aflatoxins are poisonous carcinogens, produced by certain fungi and found in grains and nuts.  The authorities have put in strict control measures to ensure that the hypermarkets comply with health standards.

The move is in response to rumours that Japan banned pistachios from a specific country because they were contaminated with Aflatoxin. So fears spread that pistachios in UAE could also be contaminated too.   

Iman Al Bastaki, food safety manager at Dubai Municipality confirmed that the body is taking samples of pistachios and other similar food items for lab analysis before importing them into the country. 

"These shipments will not be allowed without passing the inspection and adhering to all food safety standards. Stocks at all hypermarkets are also being inspected to ensure they are fit for human consumption. The quality checks are conducted on a periodic basis to make sure they are free of Aflatoxin." 

An official at Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) told Emarat Al Youm, "It is possible that there are certain percentages of fungal toxins in nuts, especially grains, and some other food and agricultural products if these products are not produced in a healthy way." 

The agency confirmed that it investigates all products, nuts and grains for toxins before allowing circulation of the consignment in the market.  

The bodies reassured residents that the pistachios imported into the UAE are undergoing strict regulations to make sure they are safe for human consumption in light of recent developments.



23 Jul, 2018 0 948
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