General provisions

Regulation (EC) 1881/2006 provides that:

• Foods containing a contaminant at a level exceeding the maximum level established shall not be sold.

• The maximum level applies to the edible part.

• For dried, diluted, processed or compound foods for which no specific maximum level has been established, a concentration/dilution factor, or relative proportion factor is to be applied. This factor has to be provided and justified by the food business operator. If the food business operator does not provide the necessary concentration or dilution factor, then a competent authority shall itself define that factor, based on the available information and with the objective of maximum protection of human health.

• The maximum level also applies to products used as food ingredients.

• Mixing contaminated and non-contaminated consignments and detoxification of myco-toxins by chemical treatment are prohibited.

• In the absence of a clear indication of the intended use on the label of each individual bag, box, etc., or on the original accompanying document of a batch of groundnuts and derived products or cereals, the maximum levels established for these products for human consumption shall be applicable.

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