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Dor a number of weeks, a number of areas of France have been affected by bans on the sale of oysters. Already on December 27, the manufacturing of oyster farmers within the Arcachon basin was withdrawn from sale. The trigger: an epidemic of gastroenteritis noticed round Christmas. “As of today, batches of shellfish harvested or fished in these areas must be withdrawn from sale. People who have shellfish from these areas are asked not to consume them and to return them to the point of sale,” the prefectural press launch indicated. Since then, different productions from western France have additionally been banned and complaints have been filed. Here’s what we all know.

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  • The west of France involved

Except within the Arcachon basin, different areas are affected by the ban on the sale of oysters: in Loire-Atlantique, in Vendée, in Calvados, in Manche and extra lately in a part of the bay of Mont -Saint Michel. These bans subsequently comply with a number of instances of collective meals poisoning recognized.

  • Several complaints filed

A primary grievance was filed on the finish of December by the Arcachon Basin Water Defense Association (Adeba) following the gastroenteritis epidemic and the contamination of the marine surroundings by overflows from the sanitation community. native, clogged by heavy rains. Another environmental safety affiliation additionally filed a grievance in opposition to X for air pollution, intoxication and endangering others.

The latter, the Environmental Coordination of the Arcachon Basin (Ceba), estimates that “many knew”, since November, that the oysters have been contaminated however most well-liked to show a blind eye to “save” the oyster farmers’ Christmas, which represents roughly two third of oyster gross sales throughout this affluent interval for the sector.

  • “Malfunctions” of the wastewater remedy community in query

In its grievance in opposition to X filed with the Bordeaux environmental prosecutor’s workplace, Ceba makes the chronicle of a predicted disaster “. In question ? The wastewater sanitation network, managed by Siba (Intercommunal Union of the Arcachon Basin), also responsible for rainwater management. Designed to avoid any discharge into the basin »however, he knows malfunctions » and overflows during heavy rains, like in recent months, underlines Ceba.

Justice ended up opening an investigation into the case of contaminated oysters from the Arcachon basin, the Bordeaux prosecutor’s office said this Friday, January 12. This investigation, opened in particular for “ecocide”, concerns various “spills” of substances harmful to fauna, flora and human health, committed “by imprudence or negligence”, or deliberately, by pure or authorized individuals, stated the prosecution. It was entrusted to the Arcachon Nautical Brigade in co-responsibility with the Central Office for the combat in opposition to assaults on the surroundings and public well being.