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Recall for Good & Cheap Popcorn
The consumer protection portal "lebensmittelwarnung.de" from the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety is currently warning of the consumption of the popcorn of the "American Style" and "Good & Favorable" brands. The manufacturer XOX Gebäck GmbH calls back the mentioned products for reasons of preventive consumer protection. According to the manufacturer, increased amounts of alkaloids were found in the popcorn, which could have harmful effects on health.
Update: It is "American Style" popcorn sweet in the 200 gram pack and "Good & Favorable" popcorn sweet in the 100 and 200 gram packaging. The alkaloids are apparently more common than originally thought. Initially, the company assumed that only products with the best-before dates of October 2, October 3, and October 4, 2018 are affected. Now the manufacturer calls all Products back until the minimum seminar date January 11, 2019. The products mentioned were offered by Netto Marken-Discount, EDEKA and Marktkauf. The manufacturer advises against consumption. The affected items can be returned to the market against a refund of the purchase price.
What effects are to be expected after eating?
The products mentioned contain increased amounts of so-called tropane alkaloids. According to the manufacturer, consumption could lead to health problems such as visual disturbances, dilated pupils, dry mouth and fatigue.
About tropane alkaloids
Tropan alkaloids are a group of natural plant substances in the form of the alkaloids, which are derived from tropan. According to the Bavarian State Office for Health and Food Safety, these alkaloids occur in certain weeds from the nightshade family, such as common thorn apple (Datura stramonium L.), black henbane (Hyoscyamus niger L.) and deadly cherry (Atropa belladonna L.). If parts of these plants get into the crop during harvesting, the food can become contaminated.
Sorghum, millet, buckwheat and corn are affected more often
EU-wide studies have repeatedly found increased levels of the tropane alkaloids atropine and scopolamine in certain batches of cereals and cereal products. Sorghum, millet, buckwheat and corn are particularly affected. According to the Bavarian State Office, consumption can lead to symptoms such as drowsiness, headache and nausea. The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment warns that young children and infants are most at risk and that health impairments are possible. (vb)