Contaminated ice withdrawn from supermarkets contains ethylene oxide: what damage it causes to the body

Batch of ice cream withdrawn from supermarkets due to the presence of the substance, which in the food industry serves to protect food from microorganisms

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During this period of intense heat, consumption increases ice in all Italian homes. However, be very careful about this product, for which a recall has been prepared by the company that deals with importing it due to possible contamination of ethylene oxide. Which could result damage to the organism.

What is the recalled product

Eurofood Spa has ordered collection and recall of all branded vanilla ice cream packages Häagen-Dasz with the expiration date set for February 16, 2023.

That lot subject to contamination is number 160223, with code EAN 3415581101935. If the information on the packaging corresponds to what is stated here, return the item 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Because the vanilla ice cream has been withdrawn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 invanilla extract used to make the recalled ice cream.

Ethylene oxide, or oxiraneis a product that is 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 disinfectant and preservative.

It’s actually an excellent ally courage microorganisms such as molds, bacteria and fungi, and are also capable of killing insects lurking in crops.

It is also used to make foods safe that cannot be pasteurized, ie treated with high temperatureswithout causing changes in taste or in the safety profile.

What is ethylene oxide and what are the risks

Ethylene oxide is a substance Much dangerous which must be handled by knowledgeable hands and only with the necessary care.

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A molecule of ethylene oxide rendered with computer graphics.

The greatest health risks arise from exposure to Riddle inhalation in work environments where oxirane is used most.

Prolonged exposure can cause headaches, confusion, seizures, as well kind and even coma. It can cause respiratory outflow and, in case of chronic exposure, even eye problems.

It is in all probability carcinogenic for humans and may cause liver tumors and problems with the reproductive system as well as mutations in fetuses.

Is ethylene oxide in foods really harmful?

The effects oforal intake they are similar but milder. In the EU, it is no longer used as pesticidebut is still used in imported raw materials.

Potentially contaminated products that generally contain seeds and spices from abroad are always subject to remind of food.

However, one must not create alarmism. In the food concentrations ethylene oxide, even in case of major pollution, is not enough high to cause acute or chronic problems.

And the risk of getting sick from this drug is much lower than in blondes. By inhaling the smoke from one cigarettein fact, 7 nanograms of ethylene oxide are introduced into the body.


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