Press release of Mireille D'ornano, co-signed by Edouard Ferrand, Sylvie Gherardi and Jean-François Jacob:
Following last month's revelations about the contamination of eggs at Fipronil, the French, Antilles and Belgian authorities were aware of the use of another insecticide, Amitraz, in poultry farms. However, this use is strictly prohibited in the poultry industry.
Despite the proven toxicity of this substance, the European Commission did not consider it appropriate to follow up on the Dutch alert, yet launched on 23 August. This failure, which illustrates the profound shortcomings of the European surveillance System, therefore exposes the French consumer to potentially contaminated eggs imported from Belgium and the Netherlands.
While the list of products concerned continues to lengthen, "ENL" MEPs encourage the French to be cautious in anticipation of the conclusions of the French health authorities.