French toxic wheat for Algerian consumers
Algiers- Algeria Inter-professional Office of Cereals (OAIC), has just import quantities of durum wheat containing poisonous mushrooms according to analysis made by the laboratory of the port of Algiers. Despite this, officials of the Office have hidden the scandal, ignoring the health of consumers already accustomed to the import of low quality products
- According to official information received by Ennahar, from sources well informed of the scandal of toxic wheat for consumption, the Algerian Inter-professional Office of Cereals imported on June 6 last, eight thousand tonnes of durum wheat, containing the poisonous mushrooms, from the French company “Granit négoce”. Last year, the Algerian Office of Cereals had exported 11,000 tonnes of barley for animal feed for the same French Company.
- The same sources said, in the sense that the eight thousand tonnes of durum wheat containing toxic fungi, were loaded onto the Hudson from France which docked at the port of Algiers on June 6 last.
- After unloading of 1,700 tons, subjected to analysis by the laboratory services of the port, it turned out that this quantity contained a toxic substance called "Ergot" at a rate of 10%, prompting the service to suspend the unloading operation.
- A second analysis was conducted following the intervention of some parts but the results were the same, and wheat still represented a danger to Algerian consumers’ health.
- Despite the danger posed by the consumption of this wheat, The Algerian Inter-professional Office of Cereals (OAIC) gave no weight to the subject and paid 460 dollars per ton.
- Ennahar / Habiba Mahmoudi