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Öko-Test: Some oatmeal contaminated with glyphosate and mold


The magazine "Öko-Test" examined 29 types of oatmeal. Three quarters of them did well.

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Whether in porridge, muesli or for baking: oatmeal is considered a healthy filler.

After all, they contain important fiber, protein and vitamins such as zinc, iron and magnesium.

But apparently some varieties are contaminated with pesticides.

The magazine "Öko-Test" had 29 products tested in the laboratory and came to the conclusion that only around two thirds of the tested oat flakes are recommended.

18 types of oatmeal scored "very good", three more "good".

However, increased traces of pesticides or mineral oils as well as mold toxins were found in four products rated "satisfactory".

In the case of four other products, the loads were so high that they failed the test with "inadequate".

Not acutely dangerous

According to the evaluation, the toxic fungi had already attacked the oats in the field.

Poisons were detected in some oat flakes, the content of which was rated as “greatly increased”.

These are the brands »Golden Breakfast Oat Flakes Kernig«, »Ja!

Crunchy Oat Flakes« and »Crispy Crunchy Oat Flakes«.

A 40-gram serving exceeds the Tolerable Daily Intake (TDI) for an adult weighing 60 kilograms.

For a three-year-old child weighing 15 kilograms, the exposure to these products would be more than four times the TDI, the report says.

Small amounts of pesticides were also detected in two organic products: the commissioned laboratory measured low levels of the pesticide chlormequat in the “Davert Großblatt Oatmeal” from Bioland and the “Wurzener Bio Oatmeal Kernig”.

Even if the values ​​are low, they exceed the orientation value of the Federal Association of Natural Food Products (BNN).

The Wurzner company is currently checking how the pesticides could have gotten into the products.

The testers emphasize that the mold toxins are not considered to be acutely dangerous - but they should better not be eaten every day.

The eco-testers report that a retailer immediately removed the batch in question from sale.

"Mould toxins in oatmeal are of course disgusting at first," said the deputy editor-in-chief of "Öko-Test", Katja Tölle.

»But not only that. The toxins found can weaken the immune system and have a cytotoxic effect.

And people initially expect exactly the opposite from oat flakes – that they are healthy.« The oat flakes are not acutely poisonous.

»But a lot of people eat oatmeal, and children too, every day.

That's why it's good that Norma immediately withdrew its product from sale.

Rewe and Aldi should urgently follow suit."

The buyers were also amazed at the considerable price range for the products made exclusively from oats: they paid between 69 cents and 3.29 euros for 500 grams of oat flakes.

The pesticide glyphosate was also found in four of the products examined: in Aldi's "Knusperone Kernige Oatmeal" brand, in the "Penny Kernige Oatmeal", the "Every Day Oatmeal" and the "Golden Breakfast Oatmeal" from Norma.

Glyphosate has long been suspected of being carcinogenic.

In May 2022, the European Chemicals Agency classified the agent as environmentally harmful.

However, she concluded that the classification of glyphosate as a carcinogen was unjustified.

According to “Öko-Test”, the brands “Alnatura”, “Bauck”, “Campo Verde”, “Dennree”, “DM Bio”, “Rossmann Ener Bio”, “Schapfenmühle”, “Kaufland” achieved an overall rating of “very good”. Bio«, »Kölln Bio«, »Reformkontor core leaf flakes«, »Nutty oat flakes« from Lidl, »Kölln Kernige«, »Globus Kernige«, »Good & cheap oat flakes« from Edeka, »Kaufland Kernige oat flakes«, »Tegut wholemeal oat flakes« , »Wurzener oat flakes pithy« and »Spielberger Mühle oat flakes large sheet«.


Source: spiegel

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