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Nowadays, a wide range of different processing routes compete for cereal as a commodity. Irrespective of whether it is intended for use in the production of staple foods for humans or foodstuff for animals or as a renewable resource - one concern is common to all: reductions in quality have to be avoided.
The primary focus is on the safety of human food and animal feed - both humans and animals must be protected from damage to their health. In Switzerland, the legally binding framework for this is provided primarily by the Ordinance on Contaminants and Constituents in Foodstuffs (FIV) and Appendix 10 to the Ordinance on Feed Quality (FMBV).
Measures to ensure the greatest possible reduction in potential mycotoxin contamination of the harvested product starts as early as the planning of the crop rotation and continues into storage and final processing.
Working in accordance with level-appropriate quality systems for trade, processing and food production on a national and cross-border level should these days be standard.
With the “good collection centre practice” (GSP) concept or through contract farming, agricultural production itself is integrated into a traceable prevention system.
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