The European Parliament calls for strengthening alerts the case of fipronil

MEPs in the Agriculture Committee of the European Parliament (EP) today urged the European Commission to strengthen the system of rapid alert (RASFF), which has shown "failures" following the detection of fipronil in hundreds of consignments of eggs from Belgium and the Netherlands. MPs asked the EC explanations on measures taken to ensure food security and alleviate the impact of the crisis, the EU executive called "incident" during the debate. "There is a big and serious problem is that there are errors in the RASFF. Countries have not notified immediately and must analyze why there is no such compulsion. Communication protocols have failed and should be reviewed, "he explained, told Efe, the Socialist MEP Clara Aguilera. The issue erupted in early August, when Holland and Belgium advised consumers to remove certain items of eggs, although the detection of this substance banned at European level in the food chain, it occurred several months earlier. "States have acted late, have taken months to communicate, and that is also creating internal disputes. That mistake has meant that these eggs have been marketed, "said Aguilera. Although the "food crisis has not led to a health crisis" and, according to the MEP, "it is unlikely to do so" fraud in the use of this product has questioned how the system works "and should be investigated." It is expected that European agriculture ministers addressed this issue from next Sunday in Estonia, where an informal meeting is held, although it was not until September 26 when expected any decision can be taken at the special meeting convened by the EC in Brussels . "We have seen only the tip of the iceberg. Now you have to collect information and investigate the states to take appropriate measures, "said the Andalusian Parliament. The representative of the Directorate General of Health CE, Sabine Juelicher, the lead MEPs following the scandal strengthen control missions "on the ground" in order to "shed light on the incident and make a good follow-on future". Investigate remains of another insecticide also he explained that a number of analyzes on poultry farms other insecticide, amitraz, but gave no details. He also indicated that the case of fipronil has triggered "analysis in third countries, such as South Korea, China and Taiwan, which also found this substance." Juelicher that "it is not easy to" avoid the use of fraudulent products and considered that "the rapid alert system worked well." "It is designed to address serious health problems," he said, and considered that the issue of fraud should be clarified to "judicial investigations in progress", both from the countries concerned and the EC investigating whether the reaction of Belgium it was fast enough. Juelicher reproached parliamentarians to qualify the issue as an "incident", which almost unanimously considered a food crisis. "Do not put at risk the health of consumers, which does not mean that there has been fraudulent use of a prohibited substance in food production", he added Community representative at the end of the debate. During the debate also addressed the Galician MEP Lidia Senra, who charged against current "model" of agriculture, "in the hands of agribusiness and pharmaceutical agrochemical business," and called for "agroecology and marketing in short circuit." The look is in the Chickfriend, one of the companies that used the treatment with fipronil for hens, which was also marketed and used in Belgium Dutch. The EC recalled that although more than a hundred farms were blocked during the investigation, some of which remain subject to controls, only two fipronil threshold considered "unfit" for consumption is exceeded. In the Netherlands an estimated 200 farmers are already suffering losses of more than 33 million euros. "There is a public health problem" Moreover, the French researcher Bertrand Pourrut expert Ecotoxicology at the University of Lille (France), said that "without downplaying the event" contaminated with the pesticide eggs intended fipronil animals, believes that this is not "a public health problem." On the occasion of an international congress held at the University of Navarra, the expert has argued that "we should eat 6 to 10 eggs a day long to hurt us", according to the Center in a statement.

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