Don’t eat ice cream

Ethylene oxide, an insecticide on our plates

You may have heard of ethylene oxide before. And for good reason, There are many health scandals affecting him today. However, they are not making enough noise that real change is necessary. Ethylene oxide is a common insecticide in ice cream, cakes, and some fish fillets. for a year, Recalls of contaminated products continue to increase and controversy spreads. The NGO Foodwatch also sounded the alarm, explaining why this insecticide is a real problem:

This gaseous disinfectant used in countries outside the European Union to prevent any bacterial contamination of raw materials (Salmonella in particular) is not authorized in Europe because it It is carcinogenic, mutagenic and harmful to reproduction. Millions of food product references have been pulled in France because they contain ingredients that have been illegally processed with ethylene oxide. means they are not compliant; They should not have ended up in our supermarkets. Following the alert launched by Belgium in September 2020 on the European network, it was discovered that the sesame seeds found in our biscuits, bread, hummus and other prepared dishes came from India. Today, turkey has been added to the list because the carob flour used specifically for ice cream is also contaminated. »

Ice cream scandals

As mentioned above, ethylene oxide can be found in ice cream. A few months ago, a major recall campaign was organized by several brands: Cote D’or, Xtreme, Milka, Dime and Toblerone. today, The European Commission has decided to withdraw all products containing carob (additive E410) contaminated with ethylene oxide from the European market. We’re talking about more than 9,300 products here. In France, and only since the beginning of August 2021, 360 references have already been removed from the shelves in France, and sometimes the very popular brands of ice cream, biscuits and cakes are sold.

The NGO Foodwatch regrets the lack of controls on food products. This is why the NGO advertises itself” Dissatisfied with the origin of this scandal“. Especially since the use of ethylene oxide has been banned since 2011:” As with all other substances classified as CMR, consumer exposure to this substance should be as limited as possible, as long-term risks may exist if products containing it are consumed. DGCCRF explains.

A product that is banned but is very present on European soil

The scandal comes above all from this complete lack of control as a banned product is actively traded on European soil. The European Commission’s decision should make it possible to limit the damage. The scam was first exposed by sesame seeds from India, but in the end it was much bigger than that. It also relates to products exported from Vietnam, China, Jordan and Turkey.

The NGO Foowatch says to itself above all else, in the conclusion of its press release, “ Appalling at the apparent lack of transparency and information for citizens about this health crisis. With us, order basic measures to avoid a new scandal“.

Insecticides are used in several countries around the world, some are natural and others are chemical (such as ethylene oxide). But beware, natural insecticides are not necessarily better for your health. The natural origin of the pesticide does not indicate that it is less dangerous to the planet or to the health of consumers. In fact, adding the word “natural” after the pesticide simply means that the particles are in their natural state, and that they were not created from scratch in a lab. Saying that they do not represent a danger is not correct. To give you an example, nature offers us amanita phalloides (mushrooms) or curare (from the climbing lianas mountains of Amazonia). One hundred percent natural products, but one hundred percent lethal.


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