Truth About Aflatoxin and Apricot Kernels
is a supplier of apricot kernels in Australia that would
have you believe that purchasing apricot kernels other than
their own will place you in jeopardy of being exposed to
aflatoxin. This is not only wrong, it is fear-mongering
and irresponsible. They've even gone so far as to suggest
that you may not see the mould present, as it might be hiding
beneath the skin. What's most ironic about this implication
by this supplier is that mouldy kernels can be and are
found within their own product. We
guarantee you'll never find mouldy kernels within our
marketing is a practise used to steer people away from a
competitor's product. Tactics like these are often used
when a product lacks superiority on its own merit. This
marketing strategy is an effort to gain market-share in
Australia, and it has effectively worked for them. It is
manipulative and unscrupulous. Please don't be mislead.
This supplier is well aware that aflatoxin is not a concern
for the apricot kernels available in this country. Unfortunately,
this myth is starting to spread right across the internet,
such is its nature.
so many sellers of apricot kernels internationally and so
much discussion on the topic, isn't it odd that this particular
supplier (and those they supply) is the only one who warns
of aflatoxin in apricot kernels?
you are truly concerned about aflatoxin, we suggest you
get in touch with Food Standards Australia/New Zealand,
the Department of Health or the ACCC for the truth of the
Are your kernels tested for aflatoxin?
testing is a mandatory requirement for those engaged in
the export of nuts, seeds, grains and legumes of any variety,
regardless of their potential susceptibility or non-susceptibility
to these mycotoxins. We are not involved in the export of
apricot seed. Our competitor uses this mandatory testing
as a marketing tactic, by suggesting that their product
is somehow safer and superior through this export requirement.
Our competitor's supplier is a mass-producer who exports
many tonnes of aprict seed annually, which is why they're
subject to such regulations. They're happy to suggest they're
testing the product out of the goodness of their hearts
for your benefit, though they themselves are testing nothing.
testing is not mandatory for us; however, we've been forced
to test our product due to the myth created by this other
supplier. We test our product with a commercial, USDA approved
assay with a cutoff of 4ppb (parts per billion). The other
processor is bound by FDA import regulation to produce a
certificate of analysis to a cutoff of no greater than 20ppb,
which is the level considered to be safe in the USA. Incidentally,
Australia considers 15ppb the safe level. Though aflatoxins
are highly unlikely to be present in properly stored and
dried seed, a negative test would simply indicate that aflatoxin
isn't present in a quantity greater than the cutoff. We
have never experienced a positive result for aflatoxin at
a cutoff of 4ppb, nor would we expect to, just as the other
supplier reports to have never received a positive result,
nor would we expect them to. The other actually claims to
have never received a positive result after nearly 50 years
of testing. In actuality - aflatoxins were only discovered
50 years ago. Commercial export testing didn't begin until
Are Aflatoxins a real concern for apricot kernels?
No. Properly stored and processed apricot kernels have no
risk of aflatoxins. In the countless pages of literature
about apricot kernels, has this issue ever been raised by
anyone other than this Australian source? Our competitor
who created this myth about apricot kernels and their susceptibility
to aflatoxin is merely using their supplier's export requirement
for testing as a marketing strategy, knowing they are the
only processor engaged in this activity. Their hope is that
you'll be afraid to purchase from other sources.
Under what conditions are aflatoxins likely?
Aflatoxins are a risk where high temperature, high humidity
conditions are experienced. Australia is a very dry country,
for the most part. Outside of the northern coastal climate,
humidity levels are low and not conducive to the moulds
that produce aflatoxins. An high humidity environment can
be created within storage containers and silos where moisture
is present or product has not been properly dried, in which
cases, aflatoxin production becomes more likely. We do not
store our seed in silos. Our stock is stored in-shell within
a climate controlled environment until it's ready to be
processed. It is well ventilated and kept dry at all times.