Have you recently abstained from your breakfast egg?
Since it is known that the insecticide “fipronil” has been used for large quantities of eggs, the consumption of eggs or egg-containing products has intensely reduced.
However, it is not just the manufacturing industry that will suffer. Trading does not know yet either how bad consequences will be.
Will consumption reduce in the future? How will the turnover of such products change?
What exactly caused the “egg affair”?
Everything started with a simple cleansing material which was developed for stock breeding companies, especially for poultry farming. In the past, that cleansing material called “Dega-16“ was used by different cleaning companies in that industry to clean poultry stalls and was claimed as a “miracle cure“ for parasites by the Belgian manufacturer.
At that point, retailers and manufacturing companies should have been taken aback and should have realized that this product is a biocidal product because of its effect mentioned on the label. Sadly, this was not the case.
In addition, this product was not accredited as a biocidal product even though it was demanded by the legislator. Despite the missing registration number, this was missed. In accordance to recent chemical analysis‘, the plant protection agent “fipronil“ was added to the product, as well as the dangerous agent “amitraz“. Both are subject to a European ban on use in the food industry and should not have been used for “Dega-16“.
What happens to companies that used or sold the adulterated cleansing material even though it had an obvious biocidal effect?
Failure Of The Supply Chain
Environmental and consumer protection associations blame the involved parties (manufacturers, retailers, suppliers and users) as stakeholders of the supply chain for knowing that a product against parasites needed to contain biocides. They should have tested which agent was included in the product. With the help of the safety data sheet, they should have figured out that forbidden substances were added.
But the safety data sheet of that product was not correctly prepared. Responsible people just neglected the fact that these agents were added to the product. The supply chain failed and the population’s health was put at risk.
In accordance to the Federal Statistical Office, around 369,000 safety data sheets required by law were used in 2015 in Germany alone. Statistics around the safety data sheet check of the 1WorldSync HazMat Compliance Solution show that 35 % of all suppliers‘ safety data sheets throughout Europe contain mistakes.
A retailer or other stakeholder of that supply chain must determine those mistakes and forward it to the manufacturer/supplier or even collect the needed information himself/herself. If there is no safety data sheet about dangerous products at all or it contains gross errors, you cannot provide your customers the right information before or after purchase. It is already a statutory offense.
Generating Value Beyond Compliance
Can you imagine if this scenario applied to one of your own products? As a manufacturer, do you know which responsibilities you have to carry out regarding your own brand’s products?
In this case, you are fully liable for that product, for wrong or undeclared biocidal products or concealed dangerous components.
Even though not all details are clarified yet, the legislator is going to draw consequences on a European as well as on a national level because of this consumer protection disaster.
Trading has to be prepared to allow for tightened identification standards and stricter controls of purchased products and own brands, not only in the food industry, but most of all in the chemical industry (e.g. cleaners).
Up-to-date and available safety data sheets are essential for your business success. Avoid fines, compensation demands and damage to your image by conforming to the duty of supply information conformable to law.
To minimize your compliance risks, we are pleased to support you with our 1WorldSync HazMat Compliance Solution.