Eco tester: Rossmann drugstore still sells spreads contaminated with mineral oil

Eco tester: Rossmann drugstore still sells spreads contaminated with mineral oil

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dm and Müller stop selling mineral oil-contaminated spreads - Rossmann does not
The consumer magazine "Öko-Test" has found in a recent study that numerous vegan spreads are contaminated with mineral oils that are harmful to health. The drugstore chains dm and Müller have taken the defective products out of sale. At Rossmann, however, they are still on offer.

Mineral oil finds in food
For years there have been reports of mineral oil found in food. Last summer, for example, the news of mineral oil discoveries in Ferrero's “children's bar” made the rounds. Despite the regular information on the health risks from these substances, the situation does not seem to improve: The consumer magazine "Öko-Test" has examined vegan spreads for the current issue and found mineral oils that are harmful to health in most products. The affected articles still remain partially on sale.

Strained vegan spreads
"They are diverse, available everywhere and not only taste great on the sandwich: Spreads can also be used to refine various dishes and sauces," the consumer magazine "Öko-Test" wrote on its website.

“But when it comes to calories, many can keep up with liver sausage or Gouda. And, unfortunately, they are not always free of pollutants, ”it continues.

The consumer protection organization Foodwatch also draws attention to the latter.

There were problematic substances in 17 of the 22 products tested
“Ökotest” examined 22 vegan spreads in the current issue and found problematic mineral oils in 17 of them.

Four products contained the particularly dangerous aromatic mineral oils (MOAH), which are suspected of being carcinogenic and mutagenic.

According to the Foodwatch, the drugstore chains dm and Müller stopped selling two organic spreads after the finds. Accordingly, the "dm organic pate tomato" and the "Bio Primo Gourmet pate herbs" from Müller are affected.

The “Ener Bio Paprika-Chili Pastete” from the drugstore chain Rossmann and the “Tartex Brotzeit Tomate” from manufacturer Allos, both of which were contaminated with MOAH, are still on the shelves. The companies refuse to stop selling.

Carcinogenic and mutagenic
According to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the aromatic mineral oils (MOAH) found in the spreads are suspected of being carcinogenic and mutagenic.

According to the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), there should be no detectable transition from MOAH to food.

The drugstore chain Rossmann has still not stopped selling their spread containing mineral oils. As the company explained to Foodwatch, one does not share the assessment of the health risks of mineral oil-contaminated food.

The manufacturer Allos has also not taken its product out of sale. The company wrote to Foodwatch that the supplier had been changed.

Consumer protection must not be left to the manufacturers
Mineral oils can get into food in various ways, for example via machine oils used in production or through exhaust fumes from industry and traffic. Waste paper packaging is also a common source.

Fats used in spreads could be the cause of the stress. In a reply to Foodwatch, dm writes: "We are currently assuming that the mineral oil components have entered the product through the batch of organic coconut oil used at the time of production."

Foodwatch asked the companies to withdraw the affected products immediately. However, that alone is not enough:

"The protection of consumers must not be left to the manufacturers and dealers, the federal government and the EU must finally prescribe safe limit values ​​for mineral oils!" Demands the consumer protection organization. (ad)

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