Melamine in French poultry feed

01-12-2008 | |

Recently, almost 1,200 t of poultry feed was destroyed in France after traces of melamine detected in a batch of Chinese soymeal.

Levels of melamine up to 30 times higher than authorised were discovered after approx. 1,000 t of contaminated feed was consumed by farm birds in western France, said a spokesman from farm cooperative Terrena.

It has been reported that Terrena lodged a complaint with the producer and halted all imports of Chinese soymeal.

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.

Natalie Berkhout Freelance journalist
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