Circles withheld information about PCB eggs

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Foodwatch: Circles have not shared information about PCB eggs

The consumer organization "Foodwatch" raises serious allegations in the current dioxin scandal. Perhaps it could have been prevented that the PCB-contaminated eggs of the organic farm in Stemwede in East Westphalia would have reached the end consumers if the relevant circles had passed on the relevant information immediately, consumer protection officers said on Monday.

According to Foodwatch, both the authorities in the Minden-Lübbecke district and the Euskirchen district withheld information on the PCB contamination of the organic eggs. Here, at a middleman, increased concentrations of the dangerous environmental toxin in the eggs were discovered at an early stage. However, the information on exceeding the limit was not forwarded and there was no recall of the contaminated eggs, according to Foodwatch.

Serious failures of individual circles in the PCB scandal The consumer organization spoke of serious omissions by individual circles in connection with the current dioxin scandal. Foodwatch relies on its own research with the circles, which have shown that the limit violations were already known here on March 27. However, the notification of the exceeding of the limit value to the responsible ministry took place on April 2. In this way, Foodwatch criticized that consumers were unnecessarily exposed to an increased PCB load. In any case, the eggs were only stable until March 31, but when the circles found out about the PCB contamination, according to the consumer organization, there were “with a high probability” contaminated eggs in stores or at home in the refrigerator in the home of consumers. "It was only when the PCB-contaminated eggs had passed their best-before date that the North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry of Consumer Affairs published them," Foodwatch continued.

The consumer organization criticized the reluctance of the circles to inform the public about the avoidable poisoning of the population. Foodwatch emphasized that a "public warning and a consumer recall from March 27" would have been mandatory. According to the consumer organization in its communication "Dioxin: NRW counties withheld information", the "failures of the counties prove once again that a legal obligation on the authorities is required to immediately publish health-related information."

PCB contamination of organic eggs still above the limit The PCB contamination of organic eggs from Stemwede has meanwhile decreased further, but is still significantly above the permissible limit values. The state consumer ministry of North Rhine-Westphalia announced that in a sample from April 11, the levels of the environmental toxin PCB were still found in eggs from two stalls. Despite a significant decline, the measured values ​​were still more than twice as high as the permissible limit, reports the ministry. When the yard was closed, the limit had been exceeded six times. However, the reason for the considerable PCB load remains unclear. According to the State Ministry of Consumer Affairs, contamination of feed and drinking water has so far been ruled out. The investigation of soil samples has not yet been completed, but the falling PCB loads indicate that the source is gradually drying up, said a spokesman for the ministry.

Significant health risks from the environmental toxin PCB Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) are dioxin-like substances, are toxic and are considered to be carcinogenic. In 2001, the Stockholm Convention banned the use of PCBs worldwide. However, the environmental toxin had previously spread globally and has been ubiquitous in the atmosphere, in the waters and in the soil since then. Although the acute toxicity of PCB is rather low, the poison accumulates in the organism over time and can cause massive health problems, which can range from so-called chlorine acne to hair loss and liver damage to fertility problems and serious malformations of the offspring . In addition, the dioxin-like substances are considered carcinogenic. If increased concentrations are found in food, it is imperative to inform the public and to recall the products. Why the two circles were so reluctant to pass on information remains a mystery. (fp)

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