Melamine traces found in French poultry feed

NANTES Sat Nov 29, 2008 1:04am IST

Related Topics

NANTES (Reuters) - Nearly 1,200 tonnes of poultry feed was destroyed in France this month after traces of the chemical melamine were found in a batch of Chinese soymeal, a spokesman from farm cooperative Terrena said on Friday.

Levels of melamine up to 30 times higher than authorised were discovered at the beginning of November in western France after some 1,000 tonnes of contaminated feed was consumed by farm birds, cooperative Terrena said.

Melamine-tainted formula was found earlier this year in China, where thousands of children fell ill and several died.

The chemical, normally used to make plastics, has been found in milk power, wheat gluten and other Chinese-made ingredients used in products ranging from pet food to candy.

"Tests carried out show that there is no risk for human health," said Terrena spokesman Christophe Courousse.

Terrena had lodged a complaint with the producer and halted all imports of Chinese soymeal, Terrena said.

The findings did not prompt the withdrawal of any poultry products from supermarkets after French food safety agency Afssa deemed that no risk to human health existed.

Melamine's ability to make foods appear to have higher amounts of protein during testing has made it a cheap but dangerous substitute that can damage the kidneys.

FILED UNDER:
Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

UKRAINE CRISIS

REUTERS SHOWCASE

Pakistan Turmoil

Pakistan Turmoil

Pakistan parliament backs embattled prime minister as crisis deepens.  Full Article 

Gaza Conflict

Gaza Conflict

End of Gaza war doesn't translate into peace  Full Article 

Photo

Hamas vs Fatah

Hamas popularity surges as Palestinian rivalry flares  Full Article 

Scottish Independence

Scottish Independence

UK's fate in the balance as poll shows record support for Scottish independence  Full Article 

Syria Aid

Syria Aid

Record 4.1 million in Syria got food aid in August, U.N. says  Full Article 

NATO Deployment

NATO Deployment

Afghan turmoil threatens NATO's "mission accomplished" plans  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage