Beware of Ambrosia (Ragweed) and its harmful effect on both agriculture and on human health.
Ragweed (Ambrosia) is a serious concern because it has harmful effects on agriculture as a crop weed, and effects on public health as a major allergen.
Companies that purchase feed materials, especially Millet, Soybean, Sorghum (Milo) and Sunflower seeds from France should pay attention and perform an analysis.
Via the Early Warning System GMP+ International received several notifications about batches contaminated with Ambrosia in the first months of 2019. The batches of products in question included: Millet, Soybean, Sorghum (Milo) and Sunflower seeds; in most cases the origin of the batches was France (harvest 2018).
It is to be expected that more contaminated batches are found.
A single plant may produce a billion grains of pollen per season – pollen which may remain airborne for days, affecting people hundreds of kilometers away. In addition, Ambrosia may cross-sensitize patients to other allergens, including food allergens.
Ambrosia also affects crop production as a weed, the “bird feed” (unprocessed) plays an important role in introducing Ambrosia to new, previously not infested areas.
Following the EU legislation, GMP+ International set limits for the botanical impurity Ambrosia spp. in the Document GMP+ BA1 Specific feed safety limits.
If any GMP+ member find batches exceeding the limit, they should fill in the EWS-form and send it to GMP+ International (firstname.lastname@example.org).