FACUA unveils a new list of ice creams with ethylene oxide. The association warns that some establishments could continue to sell them.
Ethylene oxide in ice cream continues to be talked about. The organization Consumers in Action has agreed to a new list of ice cream from Nestlé that its manufacturer, Froneri, is urging establishments to withdraw due to contamination with this carcinogenic ingredient. Once again, a worker has provided the data to the association, while the manufacturer refuses to give him the complete list.
The list, received on August 5 by Cepsa gas stations with Carrefour stores, includes units belonging to 19 lots of varieties Pirulo Mikolápiz, Extreme Vanilla, Extreme Three Chocolates Cone, Nuii Almond with Vanilla from Java, Nuii Mascarpone with Scandinavian Blueberries, Nuii Coconut and Mango Bonbon from India, Chococlack Ice Cream and Milka Bonbon.
On July 26, the FACUA organization published a list of 46 varieties of ice cream manufactured by Froneri that were being withdrawn, from the Nestlé, Milka, Toblerone, Nuii, Oreo, Princesa, La Lechera and Smarties brands. To them are added four other varieties of ice cream made by Froneri for the IFA Group (IFA brand Elijas), of which the association became aware through posters placed in the Andalusian chain of supermarkets MAS.
The consumer organization explains that it has been claiming Nestlé and Froneri for weeks act transparently and make the full list public of affected products. To date, they continue to limit themselves to including in their website a notice urging consumers to key in the first six digits of the batch of ice cream they purchased to find out if it may be contaminated. Something that makes it impossible for them to know if they have consumed a product with the substance that is giving rise to its withdrawal if they have already thrown away the container.
Aesan does not publish the listings
The association has also urged the Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition (Aesan) of the Ministry of Consumption to publish the list of contaminated ice creams since it considers it “regrettable” that, until today, the agency has only included in its website two separate links to the contents of the Mars and Nestlé pages related to the alert.
Froneri has once again refused to provide Facua with the complete list of ice creams that it is withdrawing. “From Froneri”, he indicates in his response, “we have sent personalized communications to all our distributors so that they block the identified batches that were supplied to them, so these are individualized lists by centre. It is necessary to highlight that only very specific batches are affected of certain products. No product category is affected in its entirety and not all products produced under the same batch number are necessarily affected (the same batch has several ranges of products, some of which used the affected stabilizer and others did not)” .
According to Facua, Mars has been the only manufacturer to have made public to date the list of products subject to withdrawal due to contamination with ethylene oxide in Spain. The multinational has announced on its website that these are certain M&M’s, Snickers and Twix ice creams, marketed by Frigo.
The association advises users to have one of the affected products in their homes that they refrain from consuming them and proceed to return them to establishments for reimbursement. The association demands that all other manufacturers and distribution companies also act with transparency and make a list of contaminated products that they have produced or marketed.
In this sense, the association warns that numerous catering establishments and food stores could continue to market them if they did not acquire them through the distributor but directly in hypermarkets before their withdrawal. For this reason, it insists on the need not only for the autonomous communities to monitor the withdrawal protocols, but also for there to be transparency towards consumers about the affected products.
Ethylene oxide is, as Aesan has indicated, an “active substance in plant protection products, it is not approved in the EU nor, therefore, in Spain. It is a substance classified as mutagenic, carcinogenic and toxic for reproduction”.