Food recall at Aldi and Kaufland. Ochratoxin A was found in several products – a fungal toxin that is not harmless.
Update, Tuesday (November 15), 10:19 a.m.: Dortmund – After Kaufland and Aldi Nord had to recall pistachios, the next discounter has now hit the mark. Aldi Süd also has to remove the nuts from sale. The reason is also the detection of the fungal toxin ochratoxin A.
At Aldi Süd, a total of three products are involved in the recall. It is about “Farmer naturals pistachio nut berry mix” (Best before 3/18/2023), “Farmer Naturals Pistachios Roasted and Unsalted” (best before 17.03.2023) and “Farmers pistachios roasted & salted(Best before March 21, 2023). All three products were sold in the 100 gram packaging.
Recall must be extended: after Aldi Nord and Kaufland, Aldi Süd is also affected
Aldi Süd also offers its customers to return the affected pistachios to a branch against refund of the purchase price. The discounter also calls on consumers not to eat the nuts, as the fungal toxin can cause kidney disease.
First Report, Monday (November 14), 8:21 a.m.: The German discounters seem to be swept up in a wave of recalls. After a food warning at Lidl, Aldi and Kaufland are now also affected. In all three cases, elevated levels of mold toxins were detected in the products.
After Lidl recall: Kaufland and Aldi must stop selling nuts
Where so-called aflatoxins were found in two rice varieties from Lidl, the recall of Aldi and Kaufland concerns ochratoxins. Like aflatoxin, they belong to fungi (mycotoxins) that are widespread in nature. For example, if food becomes contaminated through improper storage, it can be dangerous to humans when eaten.
Customers who have recently purchased nuts from Aldi or Kaufland should take the recall seriously and not use the product under any circumstances. Kaufland is concerned with the following product:
|article||K Classic Peeled pistachios, roasted, unsalted|
|Manufacturer||Manufacturer Carl Wilhelm Clasen GmbH|
Recall at Kaufland and Aldi: do not eat pistachios because of mold poison
Coincidentally, Aldi’s pistachios are also affected by the recall. However, unlike Kaufland, the discounter has to remove two products from sale.
It’s all about the breeds “Trader Joe’s Roasted Pistachios” and “Trader Joe’s Pistachios Roasted and Salted” with expiration dates 25-03-2023 like 26-03-2023. The recall only affects Aldi Nord stores.
Aldi was informed by its supplier, PL FoodCom GmbH, that an elevated level of ochratoxin A had been detected in a sample as part of its own testing. The discounter reacted immediately and immediately removed the nuts from sale.
Kaufland and Aldi explain the health risk of contaminated nuts
Kaufland informs its customers that they have responded immediately to the information from the manufacturer Carl Wilhelm Clasen GmbH and that the pistachios have been withdrawn from sale. Both discounters also inform consumers about possible health risks.
While Kaufland points out to his customers that a health risk cannot be ruled out, especially with long-term use, Aldi is a bit more specific. The discounter states that eating food contaminated with ochratoxin A can cause kidney disease. But how problematic is the mold toxin really for the consumer?
Ochratoxin A in pistachios from Aldi and Kaufland: that’s how dangerous the mold poison is
The Bavarian State Office for Health and Food Safety explains in detail about the risks of ochratoxin A. According to the agency, ochratoxin A “damages the kidneys and liver and is classified as a possible human carcinogen due to its carcinogenic effect in laboratory animals.”
In addition, “it is a neurotoxin, has a fruit-damaging effect and affects the immune system. The main target organ is the kidney.” The Rijksbureau points out that assessments by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) have shown that health risks have not yet been clarified in detail.
Recall due to exceeded limit values of ochratoxin A: Aldi and Kaufland must act
According to the current status, the consumption of large quantities or over a long period of time is particularly questionable. Therefore, as the state bureau states, “minor safety issues” can be assumed, but “health issues” cannot be ruled out. Depending on age, eating habits and body weight, the associated risk must be assessed individually.
According to EU Regulation No. 2022/1370, a maximum level of 5 µg per kilogram currently applies to pistachios “marketed for the final consumer or intended to be used as a food ingredient”. If this value is exceeded, a recall occurs. This value is 3 µg for cocoa, for example 2 µg for pastries, cereal snacks or breakfast cereals, and 15 µg for spices.
Recall at Aldi and Kaufland – this is how customers respond correctly
Even if the frequent or long-term consumption of ochratoxin A-contaminated food poses a health risk, Aldi and Kaufland customers should take the recall seriously.
Both supermarkets offer consumers the opportunity to hand in the affected nuts at any branch. The purchase price will be refunded even without showing the receipt. In addition, according to Aldi and Kaufland, according to the current state of knowledge, other best-before dates and other private label items are not affected by the recall.
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