Belgium has withdrawn from sale ten Häagen-Dazs ice creams made with vanilla after the discovery of the presence of a carcinogenic compound in a batch during a control, announced Thursday the federal agency for food safety. (AFSCA).
The ice cream manufacturer, the American group General Mills, found during a check the presence of traces of 2-Chloroethanol (2CE), which is an indicator for the presence of ethylene oxide in a batch of Häagen products. -Dazs, specifies the FASFC in a press release.
Ethylene oxide (ETO) is a carcinogenic pesticide banned in Europe.
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A vanilla supplier has been identified as the cause of the problem and General Mills has decided to recall all products made with vanilla from this supplier, the FASFC explained.
Bring the ice cream back to the store
The Belgian agency publishes the list of ten products with the expiry dates whose withdrawal has been demanded in all the stores of the kingdom.
We ask consumers who have purchased these products not to consume them and to contact General Mills for a refund
," says the FASFC.
The ten ice creams withdrawn were distributed in Belgium and Luxembourg via Carrefour, Resuma, Colruyt, Delfood, Delhaize, Makro, Match, Cora, Bidfood, Ceges, Romeck, Mekabe and AET stores, specifies the Belgian agency.
The American group has already proceeded at the beginning of July to the voluntary recall of four batches of its vanilla ice cream marketed in France under the Häagen-Dazs brand after detection of traces of ETO attributed to an ingredient, vanilla extract, supplied by the one of its suppliers.