Canadian grain safe before shipped to Italy:
Date: Friday, January 13 2006
The Canadian Grain Commission is defending its record of testing after a large shipment of Prairie durum wheat was seized by Italian officials late last year.
Italian police arrested the owner of the mill that was attempting to sell the grain, which they say was contaminated with dangerous levels of cancer-causing ochratoxin, a naturally occurring mycotoxin found in crops all over the world.
Jim Stuart, director of industry services for the Canadian Grain Commission, says the grain, which was shipped to Italy last August and September, tested for acceptable trace levels of the toxin.
Stuart concedes that it is possible for toxin levels to increase if the grain is not stored properly.