The Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) has just recalled Nagaraya Cracker Nuts Original Butter Flavor after discovering that one batch of the said product contains an “unacceptable” amount of aflatoxin.
The said batch of the product, manufactured in the Philippines by Food Industries, Inc. (FII), was specifically under Lot No. 14019, with expiry date 01242015F (January 24, 2015).
Aflatoxin is a fungal toxin that poses health risks such as stunting children’s growth and affecting one’s immune system, if taken in large amounts. It is known to contaminate different kinds of crops.
Said the FDA in an advisory:
“Aflatoxin is a byproduct of molds (amag in Filipino). Molds are members of fungi (halamang singaw in Filipino), which also includes mushrooms and yeast. All toxins produced by fungi are called mycotoxins. Aflatoxin B1 is one of the most naturally occurring carcinogenic mycotoxins produced by certain species of fungi… Aflatoxin B1 is most commonly found in food and also the most toxic and carcinogenic.
“Aflatoxin (Aspergillus flavus) is also known as ‘anti-nutritional’ or ‘anti-nutrient’ toxin. Aflatoxin binds proteins, vitamins, and minerals so that the body cannot absorb the nutrients.” (See the full advisory here.)
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institute of Health, aflatoxins also “have high carcinogenic potential, the most powerful carcinogens in different species of animals and humans.”
The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention mentioned that an aflatoxin poisoning in Kenya resulted in liver failure and death among 40 percent of the cases.
“The recall involves only the specified product under the mentioned lot number and no other Nagaraya variants and sizes are affected by the recall…," also said by the FDA. "The public is hereby assured that the FDA conducts continuous monitoring and market surveillance of all peanut-based food products for the purpose of ensuring protection of public health.”
The FDA is currently looking into all peanut-based products to check if any of these have also been contaminated by the carcinogen.
Consumers may call the Sales Department of Food Industries, Inc. at (02)810-0141 for any concerns or questions, or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
• January 22, 2014. “FDA Advisory: Consumer Information on Food Products Contaminated with Carcinogenic Aflatoxins” fda.gov.ph