Only use chemicals as a last resort to eradicate bed bugs
Punaises de lit
22/12/2022

Only use chemicals as a last resort to eradicate bed bugs

Once a home is infested with bed bugs, it is difficult to get rid of them. Sometimes, faced with the tenacity of these parasites, people turn to insecticides. However, their use is not without risk: more than 1000 cases of poisoning due to these chemicals, some serious, were recorded between 2007 and 2021. To eradicate bed bugs, you should therefore initially favour non-chemical means.
Beware of decorative "cake design" dust
« Cake design » : attention aux poudres décoratives
19/12/2022

Beware of decorative "cake design" dust

Whether in a cookery class or at home, the practice of "cake design", or the art of creating and decorating cakes with sugar paste, dust, colourings, etc., is growing more popular in France. To add a metallic visual touch to cakes, artists use various types of decorative products including gold, silver or copper decorative "lustre" dust. However, its use is not without risk.
Watch out for carbon monoxide poisoning from your heating systems
chauffage monoxyde carbone
17/11/2022

Watch out for carbon monoxide poisoning from your heating systems

With the arrival of cooler temperatures, ANSES is drawing attention to the risks associated with the use of certain appliances (barbecues, braziers, power generators) that are not intended to heat indoor spaces. The use of these appliances can lead to serious or even fatal carbon monoxide poisoning.
Fuel siphoning: watch out for the risk of poisoning
pénurie carburant station service
03/11/2022

Fuel siphoning: watch out for the risk of poisoning

During the recent fuel shortage, the number of cases of poisoning caused by siphoning increased five-fold. To avoid accidents, ANSES and the French poison control centres strongly discourage this practice.
Wild mushroom season has begun : be vigilant !
14/09/2022

Wild mushroom season has begun : be vigilant !

The arrival of autumn marks the beginning of the wild mushroom picking season. Although wild mushrooms are popular delicacies, some species are nevertheless toxic or even fatal to humans. In 2021, four people died after mistaking a toxic species for an edible species. Whether you are a connoisseur or an occasional picker, you should remain vigilant and comply with good practices to ensure safe consumption.
Good practices in the use of veterinary medicines for pets
28/07/2022

Good practices in the use of veterinary medicines for pets

Every year, many accidents are reported following the incorrect storage and use of veterinary medicines. In France, over 400 people were victims of this type of accident in 2020. While most reported cases are minor, more serious cases of poisoning can occur, particularly in young children.
Beware of confusion between autumn crocus and wild garlic
05/03/2022

Beware of confusion between autumn crocus and wild garlic

When out foraging, people sometimes confuse toxic wild plants with edible ones. Mistaking autumn crocus for wild garlic can cause serious or even fatal poisoning. Follow our advice to ensure safe picking.
Human hormonal treatments: be careful not to expose your pets
21/01/2022

Human hormonal treatments: be careful not to expose your pets

In dogs and cats, repeated contact with their owner’s topical hormone replacement therapy can cause hormonal problems. Following reports of adverse effects in several European countries, ANSES-ANMV (French Agency for Veterinary Medicinal Products) is inviting owners to apply these medications with the necessary precautions to avoid exposing their pets.
How to avoid confusing horse chestnuts with sweet chestnuts
chataignes
16/09/2022

How to avoid confusing horse chestnuts with sweet chestnuts

The arrival of autumn often sees cases of horse chestnuts being mistaken for sweet chestnuts. Here we give you some tips on how to avoid this.