Kinder chocolates carcinogenic?

The consumer organization Foodwatch called on Ferrero, as well as Lindt and Schokohappen, to remove some of their products from store shelves. These are mainly the "Kinder Riegel" bars, the "Fioretto Nougat Minis" pralines and the "Sun Rice" chocolate.

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The presence of a carcinogenic substance was found in these products. It is Mineral Oil Aromatic Hydrocarbons (MOAH), which is a mineral oil of aromatic hydrocarbons recognized by the European Food Safety Authority as a potentially carcinogenic substance.

Research on MOAH continues. It is known that mineral oils of this type have a negative effect on the human body. There is a suspicion that they may lead to chronic inflammation, but this thesis has yet to be conclusively proven.

Kinder chocolates carcinogenic? (123RF)

The producers of children's favorite sweets refute the allegations. They will not take their products off the shelves.

1. The Unequal Battle Against MOAH

Chemical substances, including MOAH, got into food through the use of recycled packaging in the production process. Recycled paper contains an admixture of paints, solvents, adhesives.

Substances harmful to health penetrate into food, despite the fact that producers use various types of protective barriers, e.g. inserts or foil bags. As a result, they are detected in packaged food by thorough laboratory analyzes.

Research on the content of MOAH in cartons was conducted by Dr. Koni Grob from the food safety laboratory in Zurich. He collected nearly 120 samples of dry food from German supermarket shelves, which were stored in boxes made of recycled waste paper. The researcher found MOAH in food at an average dose of 10 mg / kg.

Food producers indicate that a solution to the problem may be the use of a cellulose film coating, which - as proven by thorough analyzes - is able to provide natural protection against the penetration of mineral oils into food.

2. Mineral oils not only in bars

This is not the first public information about the discovery of mineral oils in food products. A few months ago, the same consumer organization analyzed breakfast cereals.

Food contamination with saturated mineral oils (MOSH) was found in four Kellogg products (their degree in the case of "Kellogg Special K" was defined as strong, in the other three - "Kellogg's Frosties", "Kellogg's Smacks" and "Kellogg's Cornflakes" - trace levels were detected amount of impurities).

MOSH is the second, next to MOAH, potentially dangerous substance that penetrates into food.

The elimination of mineral oils from food is a real challenge for producers. It is a by-product of the production process.

Although these substances have been found to be harmful, there are no regulations that regulate the level of their content in food products.

The law allows the use of printed paper and cardboard packaging for direct and indirect contact with food. The condition, however, is that the ingredients of the paints do not filter into the food products.

In the case of MOAH and MOSH, the situation is difficult because they are substances that are invisible to the naked eye. Paper is able to absorb them, and hence a straight path to food wrapped in it.

Foodwatch is a European organization that works to protect the rights of consumers in the field of food quality. It has existed since 2002. It was founded in Berlin by Thilo Bode, former director of Greenpeace. The organization is based in Germany, the Netherlands and France.

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