The consumer association Foodwatch denounces the presence of a “carcinogenic and mutagenic” substance in a whole series of consumer products

The consumer association Foodwatch is sounding the alarm. It denounces the presence of a “carcinogenic and mutagenic” substance in a whole series of consumer products. Almost 150 articles have been tested. They were purchased in France, Germany, Belgium and Austria. Among them, 19 products are blacklisted because of a worrying amount of aromatic hydrocarbons from mineral oils, also known as MOAH.

For the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), these toxic substances can permanently alter DNA, disrupt the endocrine system but also promote the development of cancer.

If the sources of contamination are considered difficult to identify, the association nevertheless considers that the risk is present “throughout the production chain for all food products”.

The 19 products were tested by two different laboratories to consolidate the results. Contamination levels are between 0.63 mg per kg of product and 82 mg / kg for the highest.

The products mainly include bouillon cubes, chocolates and spread.

As a result of this investigation, Foodwatch calls for “regulations that impose zero tolerance for MOAHs in all foods across Europe”.

It also calls for the recall of products whose tests reveal contamination above the detection level of 0.5 mg / kg. A petition has finally been launched.

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