Loaded with banned pesticide: eating a tangerine cost 12 years of life
Citrus fruits such as clementines and mandarins are not only extremely tasty, but are also considered to be very healthy. Finally, they contain numerous vitamins that help strengthen the immune system. Fruit is sometimes contaminated with dangerous pesticides. Like a tangerine that a 12-year-old girl from Argentina consumed. It cost her life.
Death after eating a tangerine
Health experts recommend eating five to ten servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Organic products would be ideal, after all, conventional goods are often contaminated with spray agents - and not just here, but also on the other side of the Atlantic. In Argentina, a young girl recently died after eating a tangerine. The fruit was apparently contaminated with a prohibited pesticide.
Fruit contaminated with banned pesticide furadan
According to Argentine media reports, the 12-year-old girl consumed a tangerine on her way in the province of Corrientes and shortly afterwards suffered from nausea and vomiting and violent tremors.
The child died before reaching the hospital. Her nephew, who had also eaten the fruit, survived.
“We did research on the site where the tangerine was picked. The boy vomited and felt sick, but the girl consumed a lethal dose, ”prosecutor Osvaldo Ojeda said, according to a report by the Canadian portal“ The Stopru ”.
The post-mortem showed that poisoning led to the death of the girl. According to media reports, the fruit was contaminated with the pesticide furadan, which is banned in Argentina.
This highly toxic agent had apparently already been used to poison dogs.
Now it should be examined whether the fruit was actually picked there or whether it might have fallen from a transport truck.
Always wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly
In this country too, fruit and vegetables must always be washed thoroughly, as there are often numerous toxins on them.
The dangerous pesticide residues cannot be seen. However, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation IFF in Magdeburg reported at the beginning of the year about an app they had developed that can display the pesticide load in fruits and vegetables.
"You pull out your smartphone, open the app, point it at the object to be checked - such as the apple - and receive the information you want: for example, whether the apple contains pesticide residues," the institute said.
However, the app will only be on the market at the end of the year at the earliest. (ad)