Warning of PCB in organic eggs from NRW

Warning of PCB in organic eggs from NRW

PCB found in organic eggs from the Soest district

Again, consumer protection and health authorities warn against eating organic eggs. According to the North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry of Consumer Protection, the eggs could be contaminated with the dioxin-like pollutant PCB. The eggs from NRW are currently being recalled from the trade.

The consumer protection ministry in North Rhine-Westphalia warns against the consumption of the eggs with the code number "0-DE-0509501". The eggs may be excessively contaminated with dioxin-like polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). However, a relatively small business with just 500 laying hens from the Soest region was affected. In addition, according to the authorities, not all eggs are contaminated. As a precaution, the consumer and agriculture ministry has "recalled all batches from the trade", as it says in a current message. Consumers are asked to return or dispose of the eggs to the retailer for a refund of the purchase price. The stamp number is on each egg.

PCB limit violations were determined as scheduled
During routine checks, PCBs exceeded the limit values ​​in some eggs. However, not all eggs with the same stamp number are affected, the ministry emphasizes. "Some of the eggs are not loaded, but have the same stamp number," said Ministry spokesman Stephan Malessa. However, because it is not possible to distinguish from the outside which eggs are contaminated and which are not contaminated, all eggs with the same number must be called back until new digits are issued.

During routine checks by the Soest district, PCB levels in individual samples above the legally prescribed limit value in the laboratory were noticed. The ministry currently "does not assume that health risks pose a risk to consumers because the eggs are usually not consumed in excess".

Long-term consequences from contaminated food
In principle, however, eggs with high PCB contamination can lead to health problems. PCB pollutants are long-lasting compounds, accumulate sustainably in the adipose tissue and are broken down only very slowly. Thus, the risk of serious illnesses increases over time. Long-term consequences include disorders of the immune and nervous system up to cancer. According to the spokesman, it is therefore the goal of the Ministry of Consumer Protection to keep PCB substances "as far as possible out of the food chain."

Manufacturer company unknown despite stamp number
On the basis of the stamp numbers, it is still not possible for consumers to find the manufacturing company. When the numbers on the eggs are entered, the following appears on the Internet: "Does not participate in the KAT system." The Ministry spokesman said: "The companies are not obliged to do this. All you have to do is print the number. ”Consumers can only tell from the digits whether the eggs are“ organic ”, for example, and which country they come from. For example, the number zero stands for "Bio" and the "D" for Germany. (sb)

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