Reminder: Possible Health Hazards of Organic Foods
Various discount chains such as Aldi are currently recalling groceries because a health risk cannot be excluded due to the high content of ethylene oxide. This substance is classified as carcinogenic.
The companies Aldi Suisse, Hofer KG and Spar free have launched a recall for various organic foods. A health hazard cannot be excluded. The products should not be consumed.
Health risks cannot be excluded
As reported by the Federal Office for Food Safety and Veterinary Affairs (BLV) on its website, the company Aldi Switzerland has informed the Consumer Protection Office of St. Gallen and the BLV that the product slices gluten-free organic crispies, variety: organic quinoa is too expensive Has a content of ethylene oxide.
A health hazard cannot be excluded. The food was sold in all branches of Aldi Switzerland. The BLV recommends not consuming the affected product with the expiry date: from December 27, 2022 to August 21, 2023. The company has withdrawn the merchandise from sale and launched a recall.
Consumption is not recommended
The Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES) is also reporting recalls due to ethylene oxide contamination.
According to a notification, the product gluten-free organic crispy slices 150 g – quinoa variety from supplier Infood GmbH with expiry date from December 20, 2022 to August 29, 2023 is being recalled by supplier Infood GmbH and Hofer KG.
During investigations of the mentioned article, high levels of ethylene oxide were found. The product should not be consumed. It was available at Hofer KG branches in Tyrol, Vorarlberg, Salzburg, Styria, Upper Austria, Lower Austria, Vienna and Burgenland.
The product can be returned at all Hofer branches. Customers are refunded the purchase price even without proof of purchase.
Additionally, AGES writes about a recall for the product “SPAR Free Organic Quinoa Crispbread 6 x 25g” as an increased ethylene oxide content was found.
Customers are asked not to consume this food whose expiry date is from December 16, 2022 to September 12, 2023 inclusive. All customers who have purchased any of the potentially affected products can return them. The purchase price will be refunded even without proof of purchase.
Banned in plant protection products in the EU
Ethylene oxide is a colorless gas that is used in some countries like India, the United States and Canada to spray foods to kill bacteria and fungi, AGES explains on its website.
Therefore, it may appear as a residue in these foods. It has been banned in plant protection products in the European Union since 1991. According to experts, ethylene oxide is mutagenic and carcinogenic. (ad)
Author and source information
This text corresponds to the requirements of the specialized medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been verified by health professionals.
- Federal Office for Food Safety and Veterinary Affairs: Public notice: ethylene oxide in organic crispy slices, organic gluten-free quinoa, sold by ALDI SWITZERLAND, (consulted on: 04/16/2022), Federal Office for Safety food and veterinary affairs
- Health and Food Safety Agency: Product warnings and recalls: Organic gluten-free crispy slices 150 g – variety of quinoa, (consulted on: 04/16/2022), Health and Food Safety Agency
- Health and Food Safety Agency: Product Warnings and Recalls: SPAR Free Organic Crispbread with Quinoa 6 x 25g, (Accessed: 04/16/2022), Health and Food Safety Agency
- Health and Food Safety Agency: Ethylene Oxide, (consulted: 04/16/2022), Health and Food Safety Agency
This article contains general advice only and should not be used for self-diagnosis or treatment. It cannot substitute a visit to the doctor.