Spaghetti is a classic among Germany's favorite dishes.
But the noodles are often full of dangerous pesticides, as Öko-Test found out.
Kassel – The Germans love pasta.
According to ZDF, a total of 800,000 tons were eaten in Germany in 2020;
the trend is increasing.
According to this, consumption per person is now around ten kilos per year.
Ten years ago it was eight kilos and 30 years ago it was only five kilos.
There are dozens of varieties, one of the best known being the oblong durum wheat product, spaghetti.
Whether with olive oil and garlic or with tomato sauce, everyone knows the timeless classic.
It is all the more disturbing that numerous products were contaminated with pesticides in an investigation by Ökotest.
Dangerous for humans and animals: Pesticides found in spaghetti - probably carcinogenic
The pesticide found is glyphosate.
It is used as a weed killer in agriculture and is the most commonly used agent of its kind, reports the Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland BUND.
However, the substance is of concern and has been classified as “probably carcinogenic” by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).
Spaghetti is one of the most popular types of pasta in Germany.
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Glyphosate is not only unhealthy for humans, nature also suffers from the use of the pesticide.
The use destroys the basis of life for many insect and bird species, reports Öko-Test.
Glyphosate in half of the products - these products are the best rated
A total of 19 products from different manufacturers and different price ranges were tested.
According to Öko-Test, it made no difference whether the product was from a brand manufacturer or a no-name product.
They are often in no way inferior to branded products, and own brands were also able to convince in the test.
Eight of the spaghetti tested were rated "very good".
The test winners include above all organic and Demeter goods.
Among others, this spaghetti was rated very well:
Alnatura Spaghetti No.3 at Alnatura for 1.29 euros
Health food store spaghetti at Denns Biomarkt for 1.49 euros
Dennree Spaghetti at Denns Biomarkt for 1.29 euros
DmBio Spaghetti at DM for 0.95 euros
Rapunzel Spaghetti Semola No.5 in the Rapunzel online shop for 1.99 euros
Öko-Test has shown that not only glyphosate, but also other pollutants found in the spaghetti
Not only was glyphosate found in the spaghetti tested, two products also contained mineral oil.
This is also suspected of being carcinogenic and of changing the genetic material, reports the sustainability portal
It also accumulates in the organs and is difficult to break down.
Another contaminant found in two of the spaghetti tested is mold toxin, which can impair the immune system.
This is not the first time that Ökotest mold toxin has been detected in food, only last year it was found in tomato sauce.
Öko-Test regularly examines various products for their ingredients.
For example, Smoothie was recently examined and found that some products are real sugar bombs.
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