Morocco’s Food Safety Office (ONSSA) has ordered the withdrawal of all watermelon products from a Marjane supermarket in the city of Agadir. Examinations conducted on samples of the watermelons showed the presence of toxic and harmful substances, which make the products unfit for consumption.
The Chief of the Plant and Plant Products Control Department informed the Director of the food store, saying: “I regret to inform you that watermelon samples were taken from your store on 1/8/2023 for analysis. The results of the analysis showed the presence of active substances not homologated in Morocco. These are the active ingredients Flonicamid and Triadimenol present in the watermelon sampled. I therefore invite you to stop selling this watermelon pending further investigations, and to make available to ONSSA the traceability of this batch and the quantities still in stock.”
The news came a month after 60 people suffered from food poisoning due to seasonal fruits in the city of Sidi Bennour. Local authorities, however, did not reveal the nature of the seasonal fruit consumed by the victims.