Aflatoxin and Peanut ButterYesterday, a news story from “The China Post”  was released with the following headline, (50%of peanut butter samples contaminated with aflatoxin says the CF)

The CF – Consumers’ Foundation announded the finding as part of a study.

The aflatoxin discovered in test samples did not exceed the 15 parts per billion, (ppb)  limit. The CF reminded consumers  that long-term consumption of aflatoxin-contaminated food can be extremely hazardous to one’s health. Peanut butter is one of the most poular peanut-based products that consumers purchase.

The FDA indicates that aflatoxin in peanuts is unavoidable. For more information on aflatoxin and how to minimize contact with aflatoxin in peanut butter, check out the US National Library of Medicine’s release on Aflatoxin.

Once  a jar of peanut butter is opened, it is important to note the conditions the peanut butter is stored in to determine an overall shelf life value.

Check out this chart, “How long does peanut butter last?

peanut butter shelf life

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