The Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards has recently concluded the conduct of public consultative meetings for the draft PNS: Code of Practice for the Prevention and Reduction of Mycotoxin Contamination in Cereals. The consultative meetings were conducted in Cebu City (Crown Regency Hotel and Towers) on 9 September 2014, Cagayan de Oro City (Pearlmont Hotel) on 30 September 2014 and Ilagan City, Isabela (DA – CVRC) on 16 October 2014.
Members of the Technical Working Group (TWG) present during the consultations include: Dr. Edralina P. Serrano from UPLB-PHTRC, Miriam A. Acda from DA-PhilMech, Ennata M. Avena and Kristine A. Biona both from DOST-FNRI, Adolfo M. Buenviaje Jr. from NCCB, Rolando B. Gomez from NFA, Milo D. delos Reyes from DA Corn Program, Roger V. Navarro from PhilMaize, and the technical secretariat headed by Lara V. Navarro, Dr. Alpha P. Mateo, Abon Mariae B. Suataron, Jaypee G. Trinidad and Charlie T. Palilio, from the BAFS.
Invitees to the public consultative meetings were industry stakeholders from various sectors such as growers, consumers, traders, processors, government officials and non-government organizations, who were given elucidation on the major types of mycotoxins found in cereals like aflatoxin, fumonisin, and deoxynivalenol (DON).
Suggestions gathered were geared towards provision of mycotoxin data found in the world’s food supply, a review of the Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) to include traceability system for a product, inclusion of the recommended moisture content of harvested rice during wet season, development of a Philippine National Standard (PNS): Code of Practice for the Prevention and Reduction of Mycotoxin Contamination in Feeds, separation of Maximum Levels (MLs) for Cereals and Cereal-based products for food and feed set by Codex, a review on the use of cereals, grains, produce, and commodities for the consistency of the Code, provision of a reference for standard of proper disposal after harvest, and to include “Fomites” under the Definition of Terms.