Eggs sold by Ocado had ‘illegal levels of pesticide’
ORGANIC eggs sold by online web store Ocado were contaminated with illegal levels of pesticide, it is claimed.
A group called the Organics Council commissioned tests on boxes of organic eggs bought from Ocado, Sainsbury’s and Marks & Spencer.
A box of 12 from Ocado was found to contain traces of the pesticide cyromazine at levels that are more than ten times the statutory EU conventional food safety limits.
The chemical was detected at a concentration of 0.13 milligram per kilogram (mg/kg), which exceeds the maximum permitted pesticide residue level for any type of food of 0.01 mg/kg in the EU. It is considered to have a low degree of human toxicity.
Dr Esme Purdie, of the Organics Council, said: ‘The use of synthetic and potentially harmful substances in poultry and livestock farming is of concern.’
Ocado said: ‘We take the quality and integrity of all our products extremely seriously.’
It said that organic foods occasionally contain traces of pesticides at very low levels, usually as a result of contamination.