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Posted: Thu, 02 Jul 2009 10:17
Agricultural Quarantine Services Staff Members Trained on Testing of Mycotoxin and Heavy Metals - 308 time(s) visited
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Food and feed are a source of energy which are needed by human and animals.  On the other side, food or feed could become a source of diseases.  Various contaminants could spoil the food or feed materials.  So it becomes not safe for consumption and hazardous to human health. Among the contaminants very often found in fresh food originated from plants are mycotoxins produced by mould/filamentous fungi. Mytoxin is a secondary metabolite produced by some strains of moulds.  Contamination of mycotoxin commonly occurred in coffee beans, cocoa beans, sorghum, rice, corn, soybean, pepper, nuts, etc.

Therefore, the government of Indonesia is obliged to protect the consumers through food control program starting from planting in the field up to the products ready for consumption. Based on the decree of the Minister of Agriculture No. 299/Kpts/OT.140/7/2005 an Information Center on Bio Safety has been established under the Agricultural Quarantine Services.  This Center is in charge to carry out food safety control among others of fresh food originated from imported plants or exported plants.

About 26 staff members of the Plant Quarantine Service coming from different places in Indonesia are attending the one -week Training on the Testing of Mycotoxin and Heavy Metals at BIOTROP, Bogor, from 28 June to 5 July 2009.

The training was led by Mrs. Santi Ambarwati Msi., Technical Manager of BIOTROP Services Laboratory. Instructors of the training were Dr. Hilman Affandi and Dr. Okky S. Dharmaputra, both are BIOTROP scientists, and Mr. Arif Nuryadin BSc., Laboratory Assistant.