On Tuesday, Bosnia and Herzegovina officials stopped the importation of 20.16 tons of walnut from Romania due to an excess presence of aflatoxin B1. The phytosanitary inspection of Republika Srpska prohibited the import of this shipment as part of a regular inspection of foreign trade, the inspectorate said in a statement on Tuesday.
The ban was given after laboratory analysis showed aflatoxin B1 presence of 2.58 micrograms per kilograms in this shipment of walnut, exceeding the limit of 2.0 micrograms. Aflatoxin B1 is poisonous substance that is found all over the world. It can contaminate food crops and pose a serious health threat to humans and livestock.