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Offering Popcorn Maize: Pre-harvest aflatoxin contamination is associated with drought stress and insect damage, during the final growing period. The dry-season crop is more prone to these conditions, but was found to be only moderately susceptible to significant levels of pre-harvest aflatoxin contamination. Although segregation by means of representative sampling and aflatoxin testing was employed as a control measure, it would preferably be used for verification only, field-dried maize could be shelled directly, with a low percentage of breakage, and then dried relatively easily to a 'safe' moisture content. Minimizing the percentage of broken kernels produced during shelling is considered good agricultural practice. Broken kernels allow easier infection by aflatoxin producing moulds and this can lead to higher levels of aflatoxin contamination.