Oil in your pasta? This may seem surprising and exaggerated, but it is not far from reality. That is why the NGO Foodwatch has launched a petition to the ministers of the Economy, Health and Ecology to force industrialists to protect food from consumers.
Because already in October 2015, the NGO alerted the general public to an overwhelming finding: 60% of the foods tested (rice, cereals, couscous, pasta) were contaminated with aromatic mineral oils suspected of being carcinogenic and To modify our genetic heritage.
It is food packaging that is at stake in this story. But how do these mineral oils integrate into our food? “They can be found on the jute canvas bags used to transport raw materials, but also in the inks and glues of recycled cardboard boxes used to package products,” explains Karine Jacquemart, General Manager of Foodwatch France, quoted by The Parisian. The problem is that these oils end up “migrating” into food and expose consumers to particular cancers.
Panzani, Ferrero, Lustucru and Van Houten in the crosshairs
If the NGO has welcomed on Tuesday 29 November the commitments made a year ago by French retailers to reduce the contamination of food, it now calls for going further. Hence the petition to require the government to make food protection mandatory throughout the agri-food sector. “Major players such as E. Leclerc, Carrefour, Lidl, Intermarché, Système U and Casino have finally made a clear commitment to combat the contamination of their products. Market shares in the retail sector, “Foodwatch said in a statement.
The efforts of the industrialists are therefore there but it is not enough for the NGO: “It is not acceptable to rely solely on the goodwill of industrialists,” considers Karine Jacquemart. On the other hand, Foodwatch denounces the Panzani agri-food group, which sells Regio couscous, Ferrero and Lustucru brands and Van Houten chocolate brand which “do not even deign to respond to consumers’ concerns.”