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How to use Aflasafe

A brief, straightforward guide for Kenyan farmers on Aflasafe, aflatoxin, and how to use Aflasafe safely and effectively, in Kiswahili.
A brief, straightforward guide for Kenyan farmers on Aflasafe, aflatoxin, and how to use Aflasafe safely and effectively, in English.
An illustration-rich training guide for Kenyan farmers on how to use Aflasafe KE01, in English.
An illustrated, longer-length guide for Kenyan farmers, getting into real depth on how to use Aflasafe KE01 and other good practices to manage aflatoxin, in English.
An illustrated, longer-length guide for Kenyan farmers, getting into real depth on how to use Aflasafe KE01 and other good practices to manage aflatoxin, in English.

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November 2019

Several well-known brands of maize flour have been taken off supermarket shelves in Kenya, after a warning about unsafe levels of a poisonous substance known as aflatoxin. This has led to widespread concern, as maize is the country's main staple...
Maize meal is a staple food in Kenya. There are some people who cannot go a day or two without eating Ugali. Recently, the Kenya Bureau of Standards announced some brands of maizemeal that had a high level of aflatoxin. How long have Kenyans consumed these brands unknowingly?
The government has put on notice millers of the five maize brands linked to aflatoxin contamination still selling the flour in the country's markets. Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri said the ministry is aware that some millers of the listed maize flour have resorted to lowering prices so as to clear their stocks...
Johannesburg - Seven brands of Kenyan peanut butter have been banned in Rwanda, and suspended in Uganda, after the Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) suspended the brands last week and instructed the manufacturers to discontinue production and recall stock...
Kitui Flour Mills is demanding that the Kenya Bureau of Standards makes public the findings of its test on the Dola Maize brand that has been found to have high aflatoxin levels...
For decades, the country has experienced severe grain shortages, especially maize, for human consumption and for animal feeds. The demand for maize has created an avenue for the government to allow maize imports into the country. But, lurking beneath this staple, is a poison so unpredictable, chances are you have consumed it...

July 2019

Up to 124,486 bags of maize held by the State in the Strategic Food Reserve (SFR) are contaminated with aflatoxin at a time when the country is contemplating import of the grain to plug a biting shortfall...

June 2019

The Anglican Church of Kenya has been tackling the issue of food security through its development wing, the Anglican Development Services (ADS). Food waste is a real problem in Kenya. According to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, growers lost over 1.9 million tonnes of food in 2017...
Between living a lonely life under heaps of books and in research labs and having to deal with nerve-wracking supervisors, pursuing a Ph.D. has never been a walk in the park...
NAIROBI, June 7 (Xinhua) -- A Kenyan health offical on Friday blamed industry-produced trans-fats, aflatoxin and presence of pesticide residues for low-quality of food products. Sicily Kariuki, cabinet secretary of the Ministry of Health, said the presence of veterinary drug residues and food adulteration are also a concern to the government...
The government has expressed concern over the presence of pesticide residue in fruits and vegetables. This is attributed to the misuse of pesticides and other agricultural inputs. As the world marks Food Safety Day on Friday...

May 2019

Kenya Bureau of Standards plans to set up a laboratory in Nyeri to test aflatoxin. Rowland Ogembo, the KEBS officer in charge of Meru office, said Nyeri is a maize growing and animal feeds production region, which necessitates quality checks...
Next Frontier feature from KTN News’ Business Today on fighting aflatoxin using Aflasafe. (Video via YouTube)
NTV Business report for Food Friday on how Aflasafe KE01 is helping Kenya win the war on aflatoxin. (Video via YouTube)

April 2019

Aflasafe modular manufacturing plant in Machakos County completed. This video was brought to you in conjunction with President's Delivery Unit, under Uhuru Kenyatta's Big 4 Agenda. (Video via YouTube)
Aflatoxin remains one of the major challenges facing farmers and consumers in the country, with more than 70 percent of Kenyans said to be getting exposed to this menace...
Recent withdrawal from the shelves of some brands of peanut butter products because they contained more than the maximum tolerance of aflatoxin (10ppb/micrograms per kilo of butter) dealt a devastating blow to the manufacturer...
More than 70 per cent of Kenyans are chronically exposed to aflatoxin, a trend agriculture researchers fear is contributing to the increasing health bill and food insecurity...
The Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) on Friday announced it had cleared Nuteez peanut butter to return to the market, two months after the product was declared unfit for human consumption. The peanut butter was recalled from the market in January after it was found to contain high levels of cancer-causing aflatoxins...
Farmers in Tana River County are among the local producers who have lost billions of shillings after their crop was infected with aflatoxin...
Video from KBC News Hour. Maize farmers in arid and semi aid areas are being encouraged to apply Aflasafe during the planting season to protect their produce from aflatoxin contamination...

March 2019

The Program Manager of the Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA) Dr. Amare Ayalew is appealing to African governments to strengthen agricultural systems that ensure that farmers grow crops that are free from Aflatoxin contamination...
Kenya is targeting to take over the Sh3.2 billion Pakistani tea imports market from India following a dispute between the two Asian countries that has seen tea from Mumbai blocked from accessing the neighbouring state...

February 2019

Kenya has protested against a price cap that the Iranian government has imposed on tea exports to the country, putting the Sh4 billion market at the centre of a diplomatic tiff with Tehran...
Recent reports of aflatoxin contaminated peanut butter products are of major concern as they relate to how the issue of product quality is addressed by manufacturers in the country. While regulatory authorities have acted to remove the contaminated products from the market, recalls are only the first step in addressing this issue...
One’s misfortune can indeed turn out to be another’s fortune. A homemade peanut butter brand is reaping from the misfortune of renown brands that have been suspended due to high aflatoxin levels...
The Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) has suspended permits of two more firms whose peanut butter brands have also been found to have exceeded the maximum aflatoxin content, alongside ordering the recall of Jetlak Foods Limited’s Nuteez product...
When the Meru County government conducted a survey between 2016 and 2017 to establish the level of aflatoxin in maize in four sub-counties, the results shocked officials. Eighty-two per cent of the samples had higher levels of aflatoxin than recommended...
NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 4 – Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has withdrawn the permits of Triclover and Mother nature’s after their peanut butter products were found to exceeded aflatoxin levels...
Food company Jetlak Food Limited, makers of Nuteez Peanut butter, has pulled out the product from shelves in Kenya and Uganda...
The Nuteez peanut butter brand, which has been recalled from supermarket shelves for contamination with cancer-causing aflatoxin, is now blaming distribution chains for the problem...

January 2019

Your favourite spread of peanut butter could be poisonous. The government, through the Interior Ministry has issued a warning that a popular brand of peanut butter is not fit for human consumption...
Nuteez peanut butter has been declared not fit for human consumption. In a certificate of analysis on Thursday, the government chemist said it exceeds the maximum required limit of aflatoxin...
State agencies in Mombasa have started destroying contaminated maize imported from a southern African nation after it was declared unfit for human consumption last year. Some 201 40-foot containers of maize had been stored under tight security...

November 2018

When a country’s staple food moves into short supply, citizens go hungry, which has put maize at the heart of Kenyan policy and politics for decades: a centre-stage commodity that earns news space and the forever attention of legions of decision makers...
Fresh tests on maize already declared unfit for human consumption are raising eyebrows, with industry players alleging a cover-up plot by top government officials to have the maize back on Kenyan’s dinner tables...
Some 201 containers with maize declared unfit for human are lying at a container freight station in Mombasa. Directorate of Criminal Investigation officers from Nairobi yesterday visited Consolebase Ltd (FKF), which has been storing the maize for more than a year...
By CORRESPONDENT, MOMBASA, Kenya, Nov 15 – Some 202 containers containing maize contaminated with aflatoxin have been impounded at a Container Freight Station in Mombasa. The containers were imported into the country on September 22 last year...
The Kenya Veterinary Association has warned the National Cereals and Produce Board against turning contaminated maize in their silos into animal feed. The vet association said the 750,000 bags of contaminated maize in the country had high levels of aflatoxins...
Animal feed manufacturers have opposed blanket release of contaminated maize held in government siloes, saying it could hurt their local market share and across East Africa...
MUKOTHIMA, Kenya, Nov 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For a farmer who has repeatedly suffered poor harvests due to inadequate rains, Silas Kirimi was surprised to find himself with the opposite problem this year: What to do with last season’s bumper harvest of green gram?...

June 2018

A factory to manufacture aflatoxin prevention product, Aflasafe, is now operational. The plant at the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation (Kalro) Katumani, Machakos County - the first of its kind in Kenya - will help combat food insecurity...
The government is set to roll out a drug to combat the poisonous Aflatoxin that contaminates farm products especially in the lower Eastern part of Kenya. The cabinet secretary for Agriculture, Mwangi Kiunjuri said that Kenya is now in a position...
Wizara ya kilimo imetoa hakikisho kuwa imeweka mikakati ya kutosha kukabiliana na kuoza kwa mahindi hasaa kutokana na athari ya Aflatoxin. Hakikisho hili limetolewa na waziri wa kilimo Mwangi Kiunjuri alipozindua dawa mpya ya kukabiliana na sumu hiyo ya kuvu.

May 2018

As maize starts to flower, farmers may avert poisonous fungus contamination by applying a biological control of aflatoxins, aflasafe. Aflasafe is sold at between Sh1,240 and Sh2,070 for every 10kg pack in certified agro-vets depending on the country. A 2.5kg pack is also available...

March 2018

Soaking maize and other grains in food-grade lime can reduce levels of the micro-organism that causes aflatoxin in maize...

February 2018

In the absence of concerted efforts to raise awareness on the dangers of aflatoxin to humans and domestic animals, advances in technology for early detection of aflatoxin in cereals and seeds such as maize will come to naught, experts warn...

January 2018

Eastern is likely to experience an aflatoxin outbreak, the Famine Early Warning Systems Network has said. A report released last week lists Kitui, Makueni, Tharaka Nithi, lower Meru and Embu as the areas likely to be affected...
KALRO names Makueni, Kitui, Tharaka Nithi, Lower Meru and Embu counties as highly susceptible to infestations due to inadequate on-farm storage...

November 2017

As maize farmers harvest their produce, a good chunk of the grain could be lost, especially due to the ongoing rains. Brian Okinda spoke to Dr Jane Ambuko, a senior lecturer at the University of Nairobi’s Department of Plant Science and Crop Protection...

October 2017

Aflasafe is a 100% natural product for controlling poisonous Aspergilus flavus (A flavus) in food crops, including maize. According to Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Organization crops researcher Eliud Njoroge, Aflasafe pushes out aflatoxin-producing types...

April 2017

NAIROBI (ACP-IDN) – Forty percent of the food produced in Africa is lost, largely due to poor product handling, storage and processing practices, with aflatoxins often responsible for much of this loss in the post-harvest phase...
Kenyans will no longer die from the poisonous aflatoxin causing fungi with the introduction of a biological solution against the poison. More than five people have died in the pasts and livestock poisoned after the consumption of food and feeds contaminated by the aflatoxin. Millions of tonnes of maize have been destroyed...
Africa is currently making losses of up to 670 million U.S. dollars annually from export opportunities due to the prevalence of aflatoxin in crops and animal products, an African Union official said on Thursday...

Research publications

Assessment of farmers’ perceptions of and willingness to pay for Aflasafe KE01, a biological control for aflatoxins in Kenya
Migwi, BG (2016). Assessment of farmers’ perceptions of and willingness to pay for Aflasafe KE01, a biological control for aflatoxins in Kenya (Master's thesis). University of Nairobi, Nairobi, 1.
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