Rabat - Morocco remains unaffected by the widespread distribution of contaminated eggs that has led several European countries, including France and the UK, to empty their supermarkets shelves from eggs and call alert on its consumption.
Rabat – Morocco remains unaffected by the widespread distribution of contaminated eggs that has led several European countries, including France and the UK, to empty their supermarkets shelves from eggs and call alert on its consumption.
In late June, Dutch authorities found traces of insecticide fipronil, commonly used in veterinary products to get rid of fleas, lice, and ticks, in eggs produced in several Dutch farms. Numerous European countries, including Belgium, Germany, France, and the UK had already exported the Dutch eggs into their markets, leading to a sanitary war against eggs .
The World Health Organization has warned that the pesticide is moderately toxic, a statement confirmed by the National Food Safety Authority (ONSSA).
Morocco, however, is not concerned with the eggs contamination scare. Morocco does not import eggs for consumption, except for small quantities imported during Ramadan 2016 following the appearance of avian influenza weakly Pathogen (H9N2) in Morocco.
The country has about 5 billion units for the production of domestic consumption of eggs, which covers the needs of Moroccan consumers, with eggs produced in Morocco even being exported to some African countries.
No products containing fipronil are registered either in agriculture or in domestic animals whose products are intended for human consumption in Morocco, assured ONSSA. In Morocco, the insecticide is only allowed for use on dogs and cats as a veterinary drug for the treatment of external parasites, added the organization.
All foodstuffs intended for human and animal consumption are subject to health control by the inspection services by the kingdom’s border inspection posts to ensure product quality and safety. Any product that is unsafe or may pose a risk to the consumer is not allowed on the national territory, said ONSSA.