Eggs sold by Ocado had ‘il­le­gal lev­els of pes­ti­cide’

Daily Mail - - News - By Sean Poul­ter Con­sumer Af­fairs Ed­i­tor

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.

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