01.08.2017 / Update 09.08.2017

Eggs contaminated with fipronil recalled – take precautions

In the Netherlands, several million eggs were recalled from sale. The reason for this was contamination with the insecticide fipronil, which is used against fleas, lice, ticks, cockroaches and mites, amongst other pests. Furthermore, more than ten million of the affected eggs were delivered to Germany. In the interim, ALDI removed the eggs entirely from sale – the only supermarket chain to do so.


Gluten-labelling practices in the USA examined

The American company Gluten Free Watchdog has investigated the gluten content of 101 different foodstuffs whose list of ingredients did not mention gluten-containing grains. The aim was to test whether and to what extent labelling practices offer coeliac sufferers enough relevant and reliable information in an everyday context. The results of this study have been published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.


Unlicensed textile dye “Reactive Red 195” found in foodstuffs

Following the public release of an RASFF notification about the presence of the unlicensed colouring “Reactive Red 195” in fruit concentrate originating in Mexico, scientists from the University of Hohenheim looked into proving the presence of the textile dye in what was supposedly “Hibiscus and beetroot extract” in the journal “Food Control”. The results of this investigation have previously been available online and can now also be found in the print version of the journal’s December issue.


Mineral oils in advent calendars: LGL Bayern investigates MOSH/MOAH

In recent years, the issue of mineral oils in advent calendars has come into focus increasingly often, due to the work of Stiftung Warentest, among others. Now the Bavarian Landesamt für Gesundheit und Lebensmittelsicherheit (LGL) has investigated advent calendars for mineral oil contamination. Five different articles were analysed, with attention being paid to both the packaging and the chocolate. The results were published at the request of Foodwatch.


New production facility: ifp Berlin reunited

At the end of September, the production division of ifp moved to the new company headquarters in Adlershof, Berlin. The production division, which produces test kits developed by ifp (rapid allergen tests, ELISA’s, vitamin tests, enzyme kits and PCR kits), was the last department to have been left behind at the company’s former location on Teltowkanalstraße in Steglitz, Berlin.