Health alert! Several batches of Haagen Dazs ice cream with vanilla extract have been withdrawn from the Romanian market because the detectable limit of ethylene oxide, a carcinogenic pesticide banned in Europe, was far exceeded.
“The detectable limit of ethylene oxide (0.01mg/kg) in Haagen Dazs ice cream with vanilla extract was exceeded 1970 times!!! The National Veterinary Sanitary and Food Safety Authority informed us that the ethylene oxide in the Haagen Dazs ice cream with vanilla extract from the batches withdrawn from the market 3 weeks ago from the 1,906 stores had values between 1.7 mg/ kg and 19.7 mg/kg”, informed the Pro Consumers Association on Facebook.
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It is not known how many products have been withdrawn from the market, but the number of stores is known. Thus, Mega Image withdrew sales from 1,323 stores, Carrefour from 224 stores, Kaufland from 154 stores, Profi from 139 stores, Auchan from 34 stores, Selgros from 22 stores and Cora from 10 stores, according to the cited source.
“In the European Union, ethylene oxide was banned as a pesticide in 1991, and since 2011 its presence in feed and food is no longer allowed in any quantity. In the European Union, the use of ethylene oxide is allowed only as a substance for sterilizing medical equipment, as it is known as a powerful bactericide and virucide”, states the association.
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“This decision was taken following the detection of traces of ethylene oxide (ETO). After proactively investigating this issue to determine the source, General Mills is taking the precautionary measure of voluntarily recalling all affected batches of HaagenDazsTM from all points of sale in Romania.
General Mills’ thorough investigations into the root cause of this non-compliance issue indicated that trace levels of ETO could be detected in an ingredient (vanilla extract) provided by one of the suppliers. The levels of the detected substance slightly exceed the analytical detection limits. In view of this situation, the product Haagen-DazsTM Plain Vanilla, glass (460 ml), with all BBD (expiry date) before 05/21/2023, are immediately recalled from the market.
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At Haagen-Dazs, food quality and safety is our top priority. Haagen-Dazs does not use ETO in any of its products and complies with all food safety regulations and strict standards in every market we operate in, including Romania.(…) Customers who have purchased one of these products can return the product or receipt to the place of purchase for a full refund,” read the recall requests posted on the ANSVSA website.
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What is ethylene oxide
Ethylene oxide is classified by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) as a mutagen (produces changes in the genetic structure), carcinogen (causes lymphoma, leukemia, stomach cancer and breast cancer) and toxic for reproductive function.
Mihai Ponea, former vice-president of ANSVSA, currently executive director at DSVSA Vaslui, provides more details about ethylene oxide.
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“Ethylene oxide is a liquefied, colorless, highly toxic, highly flammable, highly unstable gas with an ethereal odor; is classified as a mutagenic substance of category 1B, as a carcinogenic substance of category 1B and as a toxic substance for reproduction of category 1B in accordance with Regulation (EC) no. 1272/2008 on the classification, labeling and packaging of substances and mixtures”, he noted on Facebook.
Authorities in Belgium have withdrawn from sale 10 varieties of Haagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream after discovering the presence of a carcinogenic compound in one of the batches tested during a control, the Federal Food Safety Agency (AFSCA) announced on Thursday, reports AFP.
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