In investigations of 20 tomato paste, Öko-Test found mold toxins in every second product.
The finds can also be dangerous for health.
Frankfurt - Bella Italia - tomato paste has become an indispensable part of Italian cuisine.
The test results from Öko-Test are all the more appalling: every second product contains mold toxins.
This find will not only trigger feelings of disgust, but can also be dangerous for your health.
In half of the products tested, Öko-Test was able to determine “increased” or “greatly increased” mold toxin values.
Only seven of the 20 tomato paste tested received the top grade.
While three organic products could not convince, four organic tomato paste finished with top marks.
But even discount brands can keep up.
Tomato paste in the eco-test: 7 products "very good"
Basic tomato paste
Campo Verde tomato paste
Organic tomato paste from Edeka
Eden tomato paste from Heirler
Cucina tomato paste from Aldi
Yes, tomato paste from Rewe
Mondo Italiano tomato paste from Netto
Health risk: mold toxins in tomato paste
The mold toxins discovered in the test are alternariate toxins, specifically alternariol and tenuazonic acid (TeA). Both poisons pose a health risk. Alternariol is “genotoxic in vitro”, ie it has damaged the genetic material in cell studies. In animal experiments, TeA has inhibited the production of endogenous proteins. In the worst case, this could lead to organ damage.
It is noticeable that three of the organic products tested are particularly contaminated.
Although there are no limit values for alternative toxins, there are guidelines that manufacturers should use as a guide.
There are mold toxins in three organic tomato paste varieties that exceed the planned guide values for processed tomato products.
Another tomato paste in the test even exceeds both guide values for Alternariol and TeA significantly.
Tomato paste in the eco-test: "Poor" and "Insufficient"
Alnatura tomato paste
dm organic tomato paste
Ener Bio tomato paste from Rossmann
Cirio tomato paste
Tomato paste put to the test: pesticides found in addition to mold toxins
In addition to the mold toxins, Öko-Test was able to detect pesticides in five of the products tested.
On the one hand, the questionable pesticides chlorfenapyr and imidacloprid were found.
Both are toxic to bees.
Dimethomorph was also found.
The pesticide is suspected of affecting human reproduction.
Most recently, Öko-Test examined mineral water and found substances of concern there too.
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