Submitted to: American Peanut Research and Education Society Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/16/1999
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: A spreadsheet model was developed to predict the effects of USDA aflatoxin regulations and peanut industry processing methods on the reduction of aflatoxin in peanuts marketed in the US. The model calculates the distribution of lots according to their aflatoxin concentration after each major regulatory and processing stage in the market system from the buying point to the manufacturer. The model can provide both USDA and the peanut industry with a method to compare and evaluate proposed new regulations and processing methods without actual costly implementation. Model development also indicates what information is readily known and not known about the effects of various processing methods on aflatoxin reduction in peanuts. The model is used to evaluate the peanut market system where farmers' stock peanuts are chemically tested for aflatoxin.