Saturday, October 26, 2013

Brazil: Health Ministry Orders Removal of Popcorn from Retail Shelves Due to Aflotoxin

According to The Latin American Tribune, Brazil’s Anvisa health agency ordered the removal from store shelves of a batch of popcorn found to contain elevated levels of a cancer-causing substance.

The order applies to Lot 123 of Brasileira brand Pipoca Nacional popcorn, which was produced in April.

COMMENT: Laboratory analysis revealed that packages from the described lot detected levels of aflotoxin beyond what is permitted under Brazilian law.

Produced by fungi, aflotoxin can be carcinogenic in high concentrations, according to Brazil’s Health Ministry. 

Needless to say, both residents and foreigners alike living in Brazil should not purchase Pipoca Nacional popcorn from Lot 123, given the potential risk of cancer in humans.