Managing Aflatoxin Risk: Proper sampling and analytical techniques to ensure accurate and defensible results
Variability in sampling and analysis needs to be addressed for a laboratory to produce accurate and defensible aflatoxin results. Thus we start this webinar series off by looking into sources and control of variability in aflatoxin testing. Specifically, the presentation and ensuing discussion will consider sampling and testing variability and testing quality including proficiency, traceability, and uncertainty.
As an outcome of this webinar, participants will better understand the critical role of a lab in managing aflatoxin risk and the importance of a lab quality system in producing accurate, defensible and timely results.
At the end of the webinar, participants will be provided instructions on how to enroll in a global proficiency testing program (pt.tamu.edu/) offered by the Office of the Texas State Chemist. There is no charge to participate in this ISO 17043 accredited aflatoxin proficiency-testing program.
Speaker: Dr. Herrman serves as the State Chemist and Director of the Office of the Texas State Chemist (OTSC). He directs the Texas Feed and Fertilizer Control Service of OTSC that regulates 5000+ firms manufacturing and distributing 25 million tons of feed and fertilizer in Texas with a market value of $10 billion and performs FDA feed safety inspections. He also directs the Agricultural Analytical Service (AAS) of OTSC, an ISO/IEC 17025 and ISO/IEC 17043 accredited laboratory providing analytical support to FFCS, FDA, and USDA. Dr. Herrman is a professor in Soil and Crop Sciences and, since 2012, a member of the Interdisciplinary Faculty of Toxicology at Texas A&M. He leads the Regulatory Science in Food Systems graduate certificate and educational outreach program. Since 2014, Dr. Herman has been working with stakeholders in Africa to introduce best methods to mitigate aflatoxin risk and improve overall food safety and health.
Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems (click for Home page) is part of Feed the Future
This work was funded in whole or part by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Food Security under Agreement # AID-OAA-L-15-00003 as part of Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems. Additional funding was received from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed here are those of the authors alone.