COMMODITY BRIEFS

COMMODITY BRIEFS

AFLATOXIN TESTING SET

FOR US CORN EXPORTS

WASHINGTON - All corn exported from the United States must be tested for aflatoxin beginning Feb. 21 unless the purchasing contract stipulates otherwise, the USDA said Wednesday.

Aflatoxin, a chemical created by a mold that flourishes in hot, dry weather, has been linked to cancer. The new farm law requires that corn used for exports be tested for the substance.

The USDA said its Federal Grain Inspection Service will also begin providing aflatoxin testing for all grains. The final rules of this regulation are due to appear in the federal register.

The USDA this month forecast total 1991-92 U.S. corn exports at 40.01 million metric tons, down from 43.86 million tons last year.

NEW SUGAR ORGANIZATION

ESTABLISHED IN UKRAINE

LONDON - A new umbrella organization for sugar, Ukrsachar, has been founded in Ukraine, the U.K. trade house Czarnikow said in its latest sugar report.

The key objectives of Ukrsachar will be to ensure adequate supplies of sugar and starch products for consumers, the development of sales and marketing strategies, the organization and coordination of scientific and technological research, as well as the monitoring of sugar industry news, the report says.

ALUMINUM SHIPMENTS

FELL 7.4 PERCENT IN 11 MONTHS

NEW YORK - Shipments of aluminum mill products by U.S. distributors fell 7.4 percent in the first 11 months of 1991 compared with the previous year, the National Association of Aluminum Distributors reported. Stocks fell 4.4 percent in November vs. a year ago.

"Difficult business conditions will continue at least through the first one or two quarters of 1992," said Kenneth R. Hutton, the NAAD's executive vice president. "I believe business may pick up right before the election, but I do not expect a speedy recovery."