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Mineral oil residues in chocolate advent calendars
In a few days the time has come and the first door of the advent calendar can be opened. Anyone who chooses products that are filled with chocolate should look at the results of an investigation by the consumer magazine "Öko-Test". The test showed that almost all chocolate advent calendars are contaminated with mineral oil residues.
Mineral oil finds in food
For years, discoveries of mineral oil in food have always been reported. In recent years, mineral oil residues have been found in many cereals, in various types of tuna and in meat substitutes. Sweets such as Ferrero's children's bars, chocolate Easter bunnies and numerous advent calendars are also often affected. In the latter, dangerous substances were discovered again this year.
Saturated and aromatic hydrocarbons in chocolate
Although experts have been pointing out the health risks from mineral oil residues in food for years, the situation does not seem to improve:
A current study by the consumer magazine "Öko-Test" showed that almost all chocolate advent calendars tested contained mineral oil residues.
As the experts report on their website, they have had a total of 20 advent calendars examined in the laboratory for saturated and aromatic hydrocarbons.
These can come from packaging, ingredients and transport contaminants.
Since the focus was exclusively on mineral oil, the testers did not give an overall judgment, but only a "test result mineral oil".
Over a quarter of the products are heavily contaminated
As "Öko-Test" reports, the grades under the "Test result mineral oil" range from "very good" to "poor". Almost all calendars are debited.
The products that were declared unsatisfactory are, according to a message from the Consumer Service Bavaria: Alnatura Advent Calendar Puzzle, Plamil So Free MilkOrganic Chocolate Alternative from Plamill Foods, Dopuceur Mein Advent Calendar 2018 from Penny, Dragons Whole Milk Chocolate Advent Calendar from Bip, Nickelodeon Paw Patrol advent calendar from Wawi and diaper advent calendar from Windel.
In total, only two Advent calendars with "very good" and six with "good" can be recommended.
Of the three organic products tested, only one scores “good”.
The test result in detail can be called up on the “Öko-Test” website for a fee.
Saturated hydrocarbons are found in all calendars
As the experts report, there are saturated hydrocarbons (MOSH / POSH) in all calendars.
The laboratory found "very high increases" in four products, including those from Penny, Diaper and Alnatura. The proven levels in eight other Advent calendars were rated as "greatly increased".
According to health experts, saturated mineral oil hydrocarbons accumulate in adipose tissue and in organs such as the liver.
In animal experiments, MOSH caused damage to the liver and lymph nodes.
However, little research has been done on POSH. “Öko-Test” rates them like MOSH because they cannot be separated in the laboratory and may have a similar effect.
So far there are no legal limit values in this country.
According to the experts, the commissioned laboratory has also demonstrated aromatic mineral oil hydrocarbons (MOAH) in the products Dragons Whole Milk Chocolate Advent Calendar, Nickelodeon Paw Patrol Advent Calendar and Diaper Advent Calendar.
MOAH can also include compounds that can cause cancer in the smallest amounts.
According to the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) "there should be no detectable transition from MOAH to food."
However, there are no limit values for these contaminants at either European or national level. (ad)