Posted in the Channel for almost 5 years, | New director of the DDPP, Pol Kermorgant “from an island to the peninsula”

Posted in the Channel for almost 5 years, | New director of the DDPP, Pol Kermorgant “from an island to the peninsula”
Posted in the Channel for almost 5 years, | New director of the DDPP, Pol Kermorgant “from an island to the peninsula”

A graduate of the National School of Veterinary Services in Nantes in 1999, Pol Kermorgant began his professional life with a position at the General Directorate of Food in Paris, then at the French Embassy in Brussels. He returned to Lorient before joining the health and animal protection service in the Finistère department. “It’s a big breeding department.” he explains, with “more pig production and less beef production than the Channel”, he specifies. But it is also a department where he worked with the GDS on the prefectural ruling to fight against BVD. In 2009, he flew to Guadeloupe where he stayed for 10 years, first as director of veterinary services, then as deputy director at Daaf (management, directorate of food, agriculture and the forest). “It has nothing to do with the metropolis“, recognizes the director.

In the Channel for 5 years

In 2019, he joined Manche as deputy director of the DDPP, “a coastal department with islands“, he smiles. A professional career that leads “from an island to a peninsula” knowing that Manche remains a neighboring department of its origins, Finistère.

After the departure of Raphaël Fayaz-Pour, he applied to stay in this department which he knows well. This has been in effect since April 1st. Today, he heads a team of around sixty people. “La Manche is a beautiful department“with different productions, with agri-food companies, from on-farm slaughterhouses to large slaughterhouses, national flagships… Which allows us to have a significant field of action in terms of health safety, animals, health, animal protection, competition, consumption and fraud prevention and environmental protection.

Increase controls

The new director of the DDPP takes stock of the activity of his services, starting with food safety. “We have a single health police service. It is necessary to ensure that there is no health risk. This is therefore the reason why controls have increased tenfold since the start of the year“, he explains. In total, 500 checks will be carried out instead of 50, with the help of the company Mérieux NutriSciences. “It is about being present upstream and downstream of the sector“, he adds. With the 80e anniversary of the Landing, controls will be directed towards the territories concerned where attendance will be greater. Anyone can use the site https://signal.conso.gouv.fr/ to report a problem. Concerning collective catering, the DDPP ensures compliance with the Egalim law and raises awareness of the objectives to be achieved in terms of local and organic products. To find out more about the canteen, a site collects a certain amount of data. (ma-cantine.agriculture.gouv.fr)

The MHE scrutinized

In terms of animal protection, the service, which has around fifteen agents, is closely watching the evolution of MHE (epizootic hemorrhagic disease) which is present in the south of France, but which has a tendency to evolve. Four municipalities in the south of the Channel are located within a regulated area. And with the marshes, the questions are real. “This concerns us because Manche is the leading breeding department in France. We do not know the consequences that this could have in a dairy basin like ours.“, underlines Pol Kermorgant, who advocates the disinsection of animals. “We are getting into battle gear to manage this problem.”, he assures. As for the BVD, the director of the DDPP advocates support human of farms in difficulty which is less than 1% in the Channel. This is an important subject for the department.

Concerning the DCCRF (competition, consumption and fraud prevention department), the head of department, Jérémie Vernet, visited a supermarket at the beginning of February. Here too, controls are required.

The administration’s action is there to “ protect the consumer “, he concludes.

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