No more crises at all that may contain phosmet on the French market: here is the objective of the ban on the import and sale of fruit in contact with this pesticide, published via a decree on March 16 in the Official Journal. But what is the risk of this product?
If it is already banned in France, it continues to be used in other countries, especially in Europe. It serves to fighting a midge, Drosophila Suzukii, which lays its eggs in ripening fruit, especially when it is hot and humid. It is particularly invasive and was discovered about ten years ago in France.
Neurotoxic effects among others
His ban stemmed from risks associated with its use for farmers, residents of surrounding areas, but also passers-by, as explained by the European Food Safety Authority (Efsa), which refers to “unacceptable risks”. But until now, there remained on the French market cherries treated with this product imported from abroad. However, the risk also applies to consumers, specifies the note of the Official Journal.
According to the information leaflet of the Canadian site Sage Pesticides, phosmet has long-term neurotoxic effects for humans. It can also have a liver damage, lead to a decrease in the weight of the spleen, adrenal glands, ovaries or testicles. It is also toxic to bees, certain species of birds, and freshwater fish.
Only cherries from organic farming can continue to be imported, even from countries that authorize the use of phosmet, because this pesticide is already banned by the organic label in Europe.
Sources: Sage Pesticides, Official Journal.
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