Product list contaminated with ethylene oxide elongates. After spices, oils and sauces, cereals and salty and sweet biscuits, ice creams are now one of the products concerned. As explained The world, the list of food batches targeted by a “withdrawal / recall” procedure for this reason now contains 7,000 references in ten months. For the latest, ice creams and sorbets, the alert comes from the Fraud Control which provides on his site the list of references concerned, more than a hundred in total. Many brands are mentioned: Picard, Leclerc, Casino, Auchan, Franprix, Bounty, La Laitière …
These batches have in common a product used as a stabilizer containing ethylene oxide residue at a content greater than the regulatory maximum limit. “Ethylene oxide is a substance classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic and reprotoxic (CMR), the use of which has been banned in the EU as a product for the protection of food and feed since 2011.” , underlines the Repression of Fraud. As for all other substances classified CMR, it is advisable to limit as much as possible consumer exposure this substance, a risk that may exist in the long term if products containing it are consumed. ”
The additive in question? Carob flour
Since the start of this health alert, the authorities “have no knowledge of poisoning reports of consumers to ethylene oxide in connection with the recalled products ”, however specifies the authority. The first alert dates from September 2020, for sesame seeds from India. Since then, many products have already been recalled in France following Fraud Control checks, as at European level. “It is in this context that the analysis of a stabilizer used in the composition of certain ice creams, carob flour, revealed ethylene oxide contents above the maximum regulatory limit. », Notes the organization.
The DGCCRF therefore asked manufacturers to recall “batches of non-compliant raw material and processed products incorporating it”, whatever the the incorporation rate of this stabilizer. On the consumer side, they are invited to consult the continuously updated list of recalled products on the Fraud Repression site but also the product recall site. RecallConso since April 1, 2021. “On these sites or from their mobile phone, consumers can very easily check whether they have an affected product by the recall procedure and are informed on the procedure to follow. »Let his experts know.
Moreover, consumers who hold such a product must throw it away or bring it back to their store. The 60 million consumers organization for its part let know that in recent years, several alerts have already been issued by the European authorities. According to him, ethylene oxide up to 2.5 mg / kg was detected in black pepper produced in Vietnam in 2015. “But this molecule was not sought in Europe in routine analyzes. A number of distributors even admit to having discovered the existence at the time of the sesame scandal. », He notes. Still, investigations are underway to identify the origin of this contamination.