[CT Birds] suet

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Thu Feb 14 08:30:09 EST 2013

Amy,Doesn't the FDA limit the level of aflatoxin in peanut butter?Meredith in Old Greenwich

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From: Amy Hopkins <hopkinsus at cs.com>
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] suet
Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2013 12:38:49 -0500 (EST)

Regarding the recommendation for using organic peanut butter for suet, that is best avoided.  All peanut butter has low levels of aflatoxin, a toxin secreted by the Aspergillus fungus family.  This is toxic to birds.  Natural peanut butters without preservatives have the highest levels of aflatoxin, so should not be fed to any birds, domestic or wild.  Remember that "organic" and "natural" do not necessarily mean healthy and safe.  Preservatives exist for a reason.  Without them, bacteria and other organisms flourish.

Amy Hopkins, MD

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