23, 2004, as reported by just-food.com, 7/2/04:
A new pesticide designed to protect peanut crops from
aflatoxin fungus has been approved for immediate use
in the U.S.
The biological agent was developed by scientists at
the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) to shield peanuts
crops from the poisonous fungus.
Afla-Guard which reduces aflatoxin between 70% and
90% after the first application and as much as 98% in
repeated applications has been approved by the Environmental
Aflatoxin outbreaks occur when certain crops, such
as peanuts and corn, are stressed by drought conditions.
The treatment was made from spores of a non-toxic mould
able to compete with aflatoxin fungus.