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Product promises to save peanut growers big bucks

February 8, 2005

Albany- Cuthbert-based Circle One Global manufactures and distributes a product called afla-guard. Developers say it protects peanuts from aflatoxin, one of the main contaminates that affects crops grown in the Southeast.

Company representatives say their product could save money for shellers as well.

"They really don't discover the aflatoxin until they've already bought and paid full price for the peanuts, so they're actually buying peanuts that are already infected," says Dan Gay, president of Circle One Global.

Afla-guard was tested on 5,000 acres last year. It reduced contamination of the peanuts by 85%. Manufacturers say treating crops with the afla-guard does not change their oil content or their taste.

Posted at 4:45 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com