Lot of ice cream withdrawn from supermarkets due to the presence of the substance, which in the food industry serves to defend food from microorganisms
By: VirgilioNotizie | Posted on:
In this period of intense heat increases the consumption of ice creams in all Italian homes. But pay close attention to this product, for which a recall has been prepared by the company that deals with importing it due to possible contamination by ethylene oxide. Which could result damage to the organism.
What is the recalled product
Eurofood Spa has ordered the collection and recall of all branded vanilla ice cream packs Häagen-Dasz with the expiration date set at February 16, 2023.
The lot object of contamination is number 160223, with code EAN 3415581101935. If the information on the packaging corresponds to that indicated here, you must return the product to the store and ask for a refund.
Because the vanilla ice cream has been withdrawn
The manufacturer has reported the possible presence of ethylene oxide in thevanilla extract used to produce the recalled ice cream.
Ethylene oxide, or oxiraneis a product mainly used in the oil industry and in the medical field as a sterilant, but it also has many uses in the food chain, where it acts as a disinfestant and preservative.
It is in fact an excellent ally against the microorganisms such as molds, bacteria and fungi, and is also capable of killing insects that lurk in crops.
It is also used to make food safe that cannot be pasteurized, that is, treated with high temperatureswithout causing alterations in taste or in the safety profile.
What is ethylene oxide and what are the risks
Ethylene oxide is a substance Very dangerous which must be handled by expert hands and only with due caution.
A molecule of ethylene oxide reproduced with computer graphics.
The greatest health risks occur with exposure to Street inhalation in working environments where oxirane is used most.
Prolonged exposure can cause headaches, confusion, seizures, as well as stroke and even the coma. It can cause effusions in the respiratory tract and, with chronic exposure, even eye problems.
It is in all likelihood carcinogenic for humans, and could cause liver tumors and reproductive system problems, as well as mutations in fetuses.
Is ethylene oxide in food really harmful?
The effects oforal intake they are similar, but milder. In the EU it is no longer used as pesticidebut continues to be used in imported raw materials.
Potentially contaminated products, generally containing seeds and spices from abroad, are always subject to recall food.
However, one must not create alarmism. In the food the concentrations of ethylene oxide, even in the case of major contamination, are not enough high to cause acute or chronic problems.
And the risk of getting sick from this substance is much lower than with blondes. By inhaling the smoke of a cigarettein fact, 7 nanograms of ethylene oxide are introduced into the body.
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