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Cyprus Intensifies Testing for Milk Aflatoxins

The Ministry of Agriculture has intensified testing for aflatoxins in raw milk and dairy products, and is to work with the Cyprus Dairy Agency to test all quantities of fresh milk delivered to dairies, it said today.

278 raw milk samples, 171 samples of pasturised milk and 63 samples of milk products were tested for aflatoxin M1 since August 24th, and in 39 units, aflotoxin M1 exceeded the limit of 5 parts per trillion allowed by the EU.

21 tons of cow's milk and 7.5 tons of sheep and goat milk have been destroyed.

"Evidence collected so far shows that products with M1 aflatoxin exceeding the limit have not entered the market," said the ministry in a statement.

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