Soymeal imported from China by a cooperative that supplies organic poultry farmers in the Loire-Atlantique department of France was found to be contaminated with melamine, the chemical that has contaminated formula milk in China.
The Terrena farm cooperative found that tests on three batches of soymeal conducted in October showed that one of the batches had up to 30 times the maximum level allowed by health authorities. The other two were safe. All three lots had arrived during the month of July at the port of Le Havre.
The contaminated animal feed was delivered to 127 organic poultry farmers in the Loire-Atlantique, and has been subsequently withdrawn for incineration. The meat of the poultry which ate the tainted soymeal has been deemed fit for human consumption by the French Food Safety Agency, Afssa, which claims that melamine is excreted through urine within 24 hours of consumption.
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via Ouest France