North Carolina agriculture leaders are urging farmers to have their wheat tested after officials found high levels of a toxin in wheat samples from parts of the state.
Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said Monday evening that vomitoxin has been found in samples from central and northeastern
North Carolina. The toxin is a byproduct of a fungus.
Troxler said testing is urgent because farmers harvesting their wheat may not know the fungus is there, so it may continue contaminating wheat as it moves storage bins. He said the state will provide free testing.
Dan Weathington of the North Carolina Small Grain Growers Association said he's confident there are enough protections in place to prevent harmful grain from entering the food supply.