spring water Trusted by the Laws of return after revision of the authorized pesticide threshold

The news was announced this Tuesday, June 18 by the Regional Health Agency (ARS) of Nouvelle-Aquitaine.

In February, exceeding the “quality limit” concerning a metabolite of chlorothalonil, a fungicide banned since 2020, resulted in withdrawal from sale of this water bottled in Prahecq (Deux-Sèvres) and sold in France in Intermarché stores.

But an opinion from the National Health Safety Agency (ANSES), issued in April, concluded that the metabolite R471811 “most likely does not share the nephrotoxic mode of action of chlorothalonil“, its parent substance.

Therefore, the threshold used for R471811 is no longer “quality limit“fixed at 0.1 g/L, but now a “indicative value” of 0.9 g/L.

Measured values “not exceeding the indicative value (…), the raw water from the catchments exploited by La Fiée des Lois once again complies with the regulations”declares the ARS of Nouvelle-Aquitaine in a press release sent to AFP, confirming information from the newspaper The world.

The prefecture authorized restarting activity on June 5but the effective recovery will not intervene “only after verification by (the ARS) of the quality of the product at the end of the chain“, specifies the agency. “Monitoring of R471811 is obviously maintained.

A fungicide found “in more than one in two samples”

Chlorothalonil, authorized until 2020, was used to treat cereal or wine crops. Its metabolite R471811 is found “in more than one in two samples” in Franceaccording to an ANSES report in 2023.

Last September, the prefect of Vienne, the neighboring department, granted an exemption for tap water containing a concentration of R471811 above the threshold. This decree was repealed on June 7, after the opinion of ANSES.

In a press release, Intermarché confirms the resumption of bottling on the Fiée des Lois site, whose waters are “again in compliance with regulations”.

“Assured that there is no risk for consumers, production will gradually resume”specifies the group, which adds that the marketing of bottles stored in recent months will be subject to authorization from the prefecture.

The company bottles nearly 100 million liters of wine each year, or around 90% of the factory’s turnover, and packages 70 million bottles of water. It employs around 150 people.

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