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Carcinogenic trout - District Office warns of contaminated fish
Beware of carcinogenic trout - The District Office Ostalbkreis in Aalen warns against "eating and placing fish from a fish farm" in the municipality of Gschwend. The trout of the fish rearing company Heinz Wiedmann contain poisonous "malachite green" that has not been allowed to be used in fish in Europe since 2004, according to the district office.
During the review of the fish farming business in the Ostalb district by the business unit veterinary and food surveillance of the district office, the active ingredient malachite green, which is no longer permitted in fish farming, was detected, reports the district office. In a press conference on Wednesday, the district administration warned against eating and passing on contaminated fish. The owner of the fish farm believed that he had sold around 1,500 trout to other farms. Ulrich Koepsel, from the responsible veterinary office. The young fish were passed on to various trout farmers and pond farmers in the Ostalbkreis, Schwäbisch Hall and Rems-Murr-Kreis areas.
Malachite green: cancer-causing and genetic disinfectant disinfectant Malachite green was previously used as a disinfectant in fish farming against parasites and fungal attack, explained Dr. Martina Bühlmeyer from the Ostalbkreis district office. Since 2004, "Malachite green has been banned as a veterinary medicinal product because it has mutagenic and cancer-causing potential," the authorities said. Accordingly, administration to animals used for food production has been prohibited since then. "The EU-wide limit was set at zero micrograms per kilogram kg," explained the district office. The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) also assesses malachite green as potentially carcinogenic and genetically harmful. However, malachite green is still allowed for the treatment of aquarium fish.
Warning of trout from the Heinz Wiedmann fish farm The veterinary and food surveillance division of the Ostalbkreis district office was forced to provide information to the public in accordance with Section 40 of the Food and Feed Code due to the considerable burden that was found in the trout. Because according to the law, if there is sufficient "suspicion that a food or feed can pose a risk to human or animal health", "appropriate steps" must be taken "to inform the public about the nature of the health risk." required to state the "risk and the measures that have been or are being taken to prevent, limit or eliminate the risk", according to the wording in the Food and Feed Code. The district office fulfills this obligation with the current warning and, not least because of the lack of willingness to cooperate, also names the fish farmer concerned. "In the interests of preventive consumer protection, there is an urgent warning about the consumption and placing on the market of fish as food that was obtained from the fish rearing company Heinz Wiedmann," said the Ostalbkreis district office.
Health risk from polluted trout With regard to the health risk that the contaminated trout can pose, the authorities stated that “according to a health assessment by the BfR of August 31, 2007, the risk of malachite green from single or occasional consumption of food containing malachite green are low to medium (max. 180 micrograms / kg), classified as low ". However, the values in the present case were between 230 and 1120 micrograms per kilogram and it was also to be assumed that “the same group of people would consume repeatedly contaminated fish from a fishing pond,” explained the district office. This "can not only be assumed from a one-time admission by the group of people concerned", said the authorities.
Routine inspection leads to trout being strained The trout strained during routine inspections at a trout farm in the Rems-Murr district, from where the trail led to the trout of Heinz Wiedmann. According to Dr. Ulrich Köpsel from the Aalen Veterinary Office is not yet known as a fish breeder, which allows the conclusion that Wiedmann does not have the necessary approval. Lothar Hänle, spokesman for the district office in neighboring Heidenheim, also criticized the accused fish farmers' unwillingness to cooperate. This "is entrenched behind the statement that he is only a small hobby breeder", continues Hänle. Allegedly, Wiedmann cannot remember who he sold the fish to. Dr. Ulrich Koepsel from the Veterinary Office in Aalen complained that Wiedmann was unwilling or unable to work with the district administration to limit the damage. Therefore, his name was made public to warn buyers and customers.
Special care currently required for trout The district administrator of the Ostalb district, Klaus Pavel, appealed to trout farmers and pond keepers who obtained fish from the fish farm in Gschwend to contact the responsible authorities for food surveillance and veterinary matters. All trout farmers in the region are asked to check whether they have bought fish from Heinz Wiedmann. Also, according to the authorities, no trout should be bought or sold at the moment, the perfect origin of which is not certain. Special care should be taken here, since the exposure to malachite green cannot be seen in the fish and neither smell nor taste indicate the potentially carcinogenic and genotoxic substances. (fp)
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