The maize milling industry has always taken food safety extremely seriously and euromaisiers members are committed to providing maize products that meet the highest food safety standards. They monitor the occurrence of contaminants (mycotoxins or heavy metals) and plant protection product residues in maize grain and maize milling products through routine and ad-hoc surveys. The purpose is to assess the workability of the legal maximum limits set in the EU, which in critical years may be challenging for the sourcing of maize grain in the right quantity.
euromaisiers cooperates, as appropriate, with the public authorities, European institutions (European Commission) and agencies (EFSA) by providing industry data and contributing to public consultations.
Being a good source of antioxidant carotenoids, such as lutein and zeaxanthin, maïze is also a rich source of many vitamins and minerals, such as phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, zinc, copper, iron and selenium, and also small amounts of potassium and calcium. Maize is a good source of dietary fiber and protein, while being very low in fat and sodium (salt). For these reasons, consumption of whole-grain maïze products, such as popcorn or sweet corn, will fit into a healthy diet.