Yuka, it is 16 million downloads in France, 6 million users in Europe, 3 million products scanned every day, and now an enemy: the French Federation of industrial pork butchers, caterers and meat processors (Fict). This Friday, September 24, the Brive-la-Gaillarde commercial court issued its decision on the complaint filed against Yuka by a member of the Fict, the company Le Mont de la Coste, in Ussel, specializing in the manufacture of mini sausages, ordering Yuka to pay 20,000 euros in damages. For nearly two years, the application, which allows consumers to assess the quality of supermarket products by scanning their bar codes, has been in the crosshairs of the delicatessen industry. They accuse him of having relayed anti-nitrites arguments and a petition, launched in November 2019 by Yuka, Foodwatch and the League against Cancer, calling for their deletion – it has so far collected 350,000 signatures.
Nitrites, these additives ensure the preservation and the characteristic pink color of ham. An essential additive according to manufacturers, superfluous and toxic according to their opponents. Last January, a parliamentary fact-finding mission led by MEPs Richard Ramos (MoDem), Barbara Bessot-Ballot (LREM) and Michèle Crouzet (MoDem) concluded that they needed to be removed from our diet. Not enough to impress manufacturers. A few hours
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