Cooking oil recall: Carcinogenic and mutagenic substances discovered

Cooking oil recall: Carcinogenic and mutagenic substances discovered

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Manufacturer calls back hemp oil because of substances hazardous to health

Hanf & Natur GmbH from Lindlar in North Rhine-Westphalia has started a recall for the product "hemp natural hemp oil". The reason for this measure is that polycyclic, aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) have been exceeded. These substances are considered carcinogenic.

According to the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Security (AGES), cold-pressed hemp oil (6 x 250 ml container) from the manufacturer Hanf & Natur GmbH from Lindlar (North Rhine-Westphalia) is being recalled. The cooking oil is contaminated with a carcinogenic substance. The recall affects products with the best before date (best before dates): 30.09.2020; 10/31/2020; 12/31/2020 and 01/31/2021.

PAHs are carcinogenic and can change the genome

"Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are carcinogenic substances that result from incomplete combustion processes of organic materials (wood, coal, gasoline, oil, tobacco, waste) or food (grilling, roasting, smoking, drying)," explains AGES.

They can also change the genome and have properties that endanger reproduction, the Federal Environment Agency writes on its website.

PAHs enter food, for example, through environmental pollution. The substances are repeatedly found in plant foods such as fruits and vegetables. They are also found in the sea floor and are taken up by fish and seafood such as mussels.

In addition, PAHs occur in industrial food processing, especially when heating and drying and when cooking at home. According to AGES, PAHs are found in fried, grilled, dried or smoked foods as well as fats and oils.

Drying and roasting coffee beans and tea leaves can also lead to high levels. Due to the dilution with water, PAK are often no longer detectable in the finished brewed coffee or tea or can be found in very low levels. (ad)

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