Public and private sector leaders, in collaboration with Texas A&M AgriLife Research support the adoption of aflatoxin proficiency testing control in Africa, Asia, Americas and Europe (APTECA). The APTECA program utilizes global standards to manage food safety risk. Aflatoxin verification is performed by the AgriLife Research laboratories on the campuses of BecA ILRI Hub in Nairobi and Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Both labs conform to the International Organization for Standards ISO/IEC 17025 containing general requirements for the competence of testing and are accredited by the Kenya Accreditation Service and A2La, respectively. The APTECA programme expanded globally through strategy collaborations with a number of institutes, agencies, and industry associations.

APTECA verifies manufacturer practices for product safety

  • 80% of the formal maize milling sector in Kenya participates in APTECA
  • Proficiency testing and verification results confirm program success
  • Coregulation as a governance option helps manage aflatoxin risk