Of ” numerous “ lots of ice cream are subject to a “Withdrawal / recall” because they contain ethylene oxide, a product classified as carcinogenic and banned in the European Union, said the DGCCRF in a press release on Tuesday (June 15th).
“The French health authorities have been informed of the presence of residues of a chemical product, ethylene oxide, at a level greater than the regulatory maximum limit in certain batches of ice cream” said the DGCCRF (General Directorate for Competition, Consumption and Fraud Control) in its press release.
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However, she points out, ethylene oxide “Is a substance classified as a carcinogenic, mutagenic and reprotoxic agent (CMR), the use of which has been banned in the European Union as a product for the protection of food and feed since 2011”.
Health authorities “Are not aware of consumer reports of ethylene oxide poisoning in connection with the recalled products”, however specifies the authority.
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Tuesday evening, the list updated regularly on the reminder.conso.fr site was long, ranging from ice cream tubs at Auchan coffee to mini ice cream sticks from the Carrefour Sensation brand.
Consumers are invited to consult a regularly updated list on the Bercy site to check whether they are in possession of a product affected by this recall.
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For more than ten months, “More than 7,000 batches of products” food have been recalled by health authorities for the presence of ethylene oxide, the DGCCRF told AFP on Tuesday.
The origin of these recalls dates back to September 9, 2020, when“An Italian operator detects that sesame seeds imported from India contain residues of ethylene oxide” explained a Senate report last February.