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Disappointment at Öko-Test: Organic spaghetti performs poorly


Highlights: Disappointment at Öko-Test: Organic spaghetti performs poorly. Mineral oil, pesticides and mold could be detected. These products scored “very good’ or “poor’ in the test. Lenses were also tested and failed to score “Very good” or ‘poor” The editor wrote an AI model for this article and then used an AI language optimization at his own discretion. All information has been carefully checked and checked at the editor's discretion.. As of: February 23, 2024, 12:20 p.m.

As of: February 23, 2024, 12:20 p.m

By: Anna-Lena Kiegerl




Öko-Test puts spaghetti to the test.

Organic products in particular disappoint.

Mineral oil, pesticides and mold could be detected.

Kassel – Spaghetti is popular and comes in a wide variety of designs.

Caution is advised, especially with older noodles, as the “fried rice” syndrome can be dangerous to your health.

The versatile pasta was recently examined by Öko-Test, where 37 traditional spaghetti variants made from durum wheat semolina were tested.

Although most products performed satisfactorily, some were also disappointing - especially organic products.

Öko-Test tests spaghetti: These are some of the winners

25 of the pasta products examined, including organic pasta, achieved the top rating of “very good”, whereas some, primarily from the organic sector, were disappointing.

  • Aldi Nord/Aldi Süd, good organic spaghetti: “very good”, 0.85 euros per 500 grams

  • Dm, Dm Organic Spaghetti No 3: “very good”, 0.85 euros per 500 grams

  • Barilla, Barilla Spaghetti No 5: “very good”, 2.09 euros per 500 grams

What was particularly striking, however, was that significant amounts of mineral oil components were detected in some of the spaghetti tested, even though pasta is usually only slightly contaminated with it.

These are specifically saturated petroleum hydrocarbons (MOSH), which were classified as “highly elevated” in two cases and “elevated” in six others.

What was striking was that organic products were particularly affected.

MOSH are petroleum components.

They can accumulate in human fatty tissue and organs, although the long-term effects on health are not yet fully understood.

Glyphosate in spaghetti: Organic products also contain pesticides

Furthermore, traces of a pesticide or an active ingredient were discovered in eight tested products, three of which were the weed killer glyphosate.

What is noteworthy here is that one of these products, the K-Bio Spaghetti from Kaufland, is labeled as an organic product.

Despite the small amount of glyphosate that was detected, the value significantly exceeds the guideline value for pesticide residues in organic products, which is determined by the Federal Association of Natural Foods and Natural Products.

Two organic products performed worst in Ökotest.

(Symbolic image) © Monika Skolimowska/dpa

The assessment of glyphosate content is based on raw materials, which is why the processing factor for wheat flour was used as a benchmark.

This increases the glyphosate level found in the spaghetti even further.

“Such a content strongly indicates that the pesticide is not being used or that it has been mixed with conventional goods,” explains Marc Wieland from the Stuttgart Chemical and Veterinary Investigation Office to Öko-Test.

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The health effects of glyphosate are the subject of controversial discussions: While it is classified as probably carcinogenic by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the European Chemicals Agency does not see any carcinogenic effects of glyphosate.

Öko-Test puts spaghetti to the test: These noodles are the losers in the test

  • Netto, organic organic spaghetti: “poor”, 0.85 euros per 500 grams

  • Edeka, Edeka organic spaghetti: “poor”, 0.85 euros per 500 grams

In addition, mold toxins were detected in an organic product.

Specifically, increased amounts of HT2 toxins were found in Riesa Organic Spaghetti.

According to Öko-Test, these toxins have cell-damaging effects and can impair the immune system.

Öko-Test continually puts a wide variety of product groups to the test.

The organization tested toothpaste and 19 products failed.

Lenses were also tested.

These products scored “very good”.

The editor wrote this article and then used an AI language model for optimization at his own discretion.

All information has been carefully checked.

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Source: merkur

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