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Contaminated Arcachon oysters: “many have known” since November, claims the association filing the complaint

Contaminated Arcachon oysters: “many have known” since November, claims the association filing the complaint

Contaminated Arcachon oysters: “many have known” since November, claims the association filing the complaint

On December 27, a few days before New Year’s Eve, the Gironde prefecture banned the sale of products from local oyster farms. putting others at risk following a ban on the sale of oysters from the Arcachon basin, confirming that since November “many knew they were contaminated but turned a blind eye.”

“If they were banned from selling oysters at Christmas, they would set them on fire,” said Jacques Storelli, president of the Coordinating Office for the Environment of the Arcachon Basin (Seba), which filed the complaint. Experts estimate that Christmas accounts for about two-thirds of oyster sales during this prosperous period for the industry. “The compromise, then, was keep Christmas,” adds the head of the association, condemning the “small scandal.”

In his complaint about Oysters.

The ‘precautionary principle’ has not been observed ‘since November’

Discussed? The wastewater network, managed by Siba (Intercommunal Union of the Arcachon Basin), is also responsible for managing rainwater. “Designed to avoid any discharge into the pool,” it nevertheless experiences “faults” and overflows during heavy rainfall, as in recent months, Seba points out.

“These incidents occur regularly and predictably. The most shocking thing is that they often lead to poisonings that could have been avoided,” the association insists, calling for “the public to be informed in advance about potential risks and preventive measures.” “Nothing happened until December 27, when manyhad she claims in her complaint, lamenting that the “precautionary principle” was not followed “back in November.”

Shiba and the prefecture did not immediately respond to questions from AFP. The head of Ceba is surprised by the absence of a complaint from the CRCAA (Regional Committee for Shellfish Farming of Arcachon-Aquitaine). Just like Thierry Lafon, president of the Association for the Protection of the Water Resources of the Arcachon Basin (Adeba), created by oyster farmers, who filed a complaint against Sibu on December 29th.

“Risks associated with weather forecasts”

“CRCAA communicates, gestures, but does nothing,” condemns the former chairman of the regional committee. Some experts point to a possible conflict of interest between the current CRCAA president Olivier Laban and Siba, whose public relations manager is his wife.

At a general meeting on December 29, Mr. Laban said he was considering filing a complaint. But it has so far failed to intervene, while the CRC of the Loire Country, also affected by the ban in the Vendée and Loire-Atlantique, has filed legal action.

“This is not a matter of filing a complaint in principle, but of developing a strategy with a serious chance of success,” Mathieu Cabosselle, director of the CRCAA, told AFP this Friday, clarifying that the body deals with civil proceedings. The profession contacted Siba on October 16 “to discuss the risks associated with weather forecasts,” he adds.

Source: Le Parisien

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