Dimethoate, an insecticide which is controversial and banned in France, has recently been found on tomatoes from Mayotte. The Prefecture of Mayotte has issued an order and published an alarming report: out of 14 samples taken by the DAAF services of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, 10 are “non-compliant”. The authorities will therefore be “closely monitoring” sales and distribution for a period of 150 days.
In 2016, two whole parcels of tomatoes, 53,820 square feet and 5 tons of vegetables, had to be destroyed because of a dimethoate contamination. This insecticide can have a very harmful effect on the environment as well as humans. It works by inhibiting cholinesterase, an enzyme essential for the proper functioning of the nervous system of insects and humans.
Find the official decree below: