The Indiana State Department of Agriculture last Thursday announced that due to the drought's impact on Indiana's 2012 corn crop, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted ISDA's request allowing grain companies to blend corn containing higher levels of aflatoxin that exceed FDA's normal guidelines.
The move gives farmers more flexibility in feeding their livestock during a time of limited forage and feed supplies, while allowing safe and efficient use of Indiana's corn harvest.
ISDA sent the waiver request to the FDA Sept. 24 and as in the case of many other states, the FDA has granted Indiana's request under specific conditions. The FDA's approval would allow corn containing more than 20 parts per billion (ppb) of aflatoxin to be blended with corn with lower levels or no aflatoxin for animal feed. Again, this allows the corn to be safely fed to livestock pursuant to the FDA's long-standing guidelines.
As required by the FDA, the seller blending the corn containing aflatoxin must enter an agreement with ISDA to comply with the provisions included.
Facilities seeking to blend contaminated corn must complete and sign a certificate of compliance. For additional information, contact the Indiana Grain Buyers and Warehouse Licensing Agency at 317/232-1359. For more information on aflatoxin, visit www.purdue.edu/cornmold.