Batch of peanut butter found to contain elevated levels of carcinogen

The product, produced by the brand Zena, potentially contains elevated levels of Aflatoxin B1, according to the Environmental Health Directorate

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Yannick Pace
14 March 2017, 5:57pm
The Environmental Health Directorate has issued a warning to the public against the consumption of peanut butter produced by the brand Zena, having the lot number 01160802, over concerns that it may contain Aflatoxin B1. The peanut butter is a product originating in Senegal.

Aflatoxin B1 is known to be a potent carcinogen and is a common contaminant in foods.

“In accordance with the Food Safety Act and Regulation (EC) No. 178 of 2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council, the Environmental Health Directorate within the Superintendence of Public health wishes to inform the public that from information received through the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed, the said product must not be consumed since it potentially contains elevated levels of Aflatoxin B1,” read a statement

For further information, the public is being asked to contact the Health Inspectorate Services between 8.00am and 2.30pm, on the number 21337333, or by calling at its offices at Continental Business Centre, Old Railway Track, Santa Venera, or by email on mhi@gov.mt

 

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