Fipronil : seventeen references waffles withdrawn from the market

The ministry of Agriculture published Thursday the first list of products containing traces of fipronil sold in France. Among those, seventeen references to waffles in mark Leclerc, Carrefour, Intermarché, Leader Price, Franprix, System U, Monoprix and Casino are put on the market since June 23. All are manufactured in the netherlands.

The products listed by the ministry are removed from the market because they contain fipronil at a concentration greater than the regulatory limit. However, the levels recorded “does not pose a risk to the consumer in the light of references in the scientific literature”, said the ministry in a press release.

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The use of this insecticide banned in Europe on animals destined for the food chain by companies of disinfection involved in the agricultural holdings in the netherlands, in Belgium, in Germany and in the Pas-de-Calais caused a scandal health that now affects at least 17 european countries.

An updated list based on the results of analyses

The minister of Agriculture, Stéphane Travert, had indicated on Tuesday that as the results of analysis would be known, the name of all of the contaminated products would be made public on the ministry’s website. The products included on this first list have been identified thanks to the controls carried out by the Dutch business, underlines the ministry.

To date, the department has identified sixteen processing plants, two conditioners, eggs and 40 wholesalers who imported eggs or egg products that may contain fipronil. Of new products, this time produced in France, might therefore have been added later to this list.

The ministry also states that the list of products removed from the sale will be updated based on the results of the analyses which are ongoing, in the framework of the system of car control implemented by professionals who have received eggs or egg products suspected”, and on the other hand, “a national plan for official controls carried out by the inspection services of the departmental directorates responsible for the protection of the populations”.

(With AFP)

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