The organic flour, which is sold in Morocco, contains a high concentration of datura, a plant known for its psychotropic effects.
Rabat – The French supermarket chain Intermarché recalled a batch of organic buckwheat flour, produced in France, and marketed in different countries, including Morocco.
The recalled batch may contain toxins that can cause hallucinations, among other harmful effects, announced today, August 28, the French channel BFM TV.
The contaminated batch is thought to contain atropine and scopolamine, two toxins originating from datura plants. These plants are poisonous and can be fatal if ingested.
They can also cause hallucinations, incoherent speech, confusion, spatio-temporal disorientation, pupil dilation, or tachycardia.
Ingesting a small quantity of these substances can trigger some or all of these effects, which could last for several days.
The French General Direction for Competition, Consumer Affairs, and Fraud Control (DGCCRF) mentioned that the concerned batch is marketed under the brand name “Ma vie sans gluten”.
DGCCRF posted an alert on social media to urge people not to buy or use this product. In Morocco, the concerned product can be found in different specialized grocery stores, along with some online shops for organic products.
The contaminated batch is distributed under the number SARB170419TNB/24611 and the barcode 3456300003727, with an expiry date of May 2020.
The French channel BFM TV also mentioned that the same contaminated batch could be sold under the brand name “Jardin Bio”, in packages of 400 grammes.
This contaminated flour, produced in France, has also been distributed in other countries, including Greece, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, and Vietnam.