Lactalis CZ recalls 385,000 Kunín Pohár milk desserts from Czech stores.
The examination found in them a trace amount of ethylene oxide – a pesticide banned in the European Union. The news was reported by the State Veterinary Administration of the Czech Republic.
We are talking about the 150-gram desserts with chocolate, strawberry, blueberry, and apricot flavors with an expiration date of 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, and 29 July 2021.
Customers are asked to check refrigerators and return it to the place of purchase. Desserts with different flavors and expiration dates are ok, no problem found.
Ethylene oxide is largely used to sterilize materials and instruments used in surgery and for medical devices, but it is not allowed for food use in Europe. Its use as biocide was banned in Europe due to the risks from its toxicity.
It is not even approved as an active substance in plant protection products in the Union.
However, since September 2020, the European RASFF (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed) system has notified the entry of multiple foods contaminated with ethylene oxide in European countries.
Since January 1, ethylene oxide was responsible for more than 1,000 food safety alerts. While EU countries issued the majority of recalls or alerts involving the chemical, more than half of the food safety notices indicated the country of origin was “unknown”.
This year, the top five food categories identified in food safety alerts due to ethylene oxide were:
- cereals and bakery product
- nuts and seeds
- frozen desserts,
- milk and dairy products
- prepared dishes and snack