Stiftung warentest: mineralol in chocolate from advent calendars

Stiftung warentest: mineralol in chocolate from advent calendars

In the chocolate of advent calendars, product testers have found residues of harmful mineralols and similar substances. In nine cases, the chocolate was so contaminated that stiftung warentest warned children not to eat it. The tiny oil residues could have come from cardboard packaging made from recycled waste paper. Such residues were discovered in each of the 24 chocolate calendars tested. This was announced by the presidents in berlin on monday.

The chocolate in the nine calendars that scored worst contained particularly critical mineralol components. In technical terms, they are called non-aromatic mineralols. These could be carcinogenic. Here the testers found more than ten milligrams per kilogram. Children should not eat these chocolates to protect their health.

Expensive calendars most highly polluted

Twelve calendars were only slightly contaminated. Stiftung warentest considers it acceptable for adults and children to eat a chocolate bar a day from these less contaminated substitutes. The problem does not only affect cheap manufacturers, ina bockholt from the stiftung warentest told dpa. "Most highly charged are even expensive calendars."

Another problem is that many of the 50 million advent calendars sold in germany each year were left in factories and shops for weeks or months. The pollutants from the packaging were able to accumulate in the chocolate during this time.

No limits set yet

Stiftung warentest says it based its assessment of possible health risks on the experience of experts. The european union (eu) has not yet set a limit because there are no studies yet. At present, scientists have not been able to clearly assess the extent to which mineral oils pose a risk to humans. However, there is evidence: in animal studies, non-aromatic mineralols have been associated with inflammatory symptoms of the liver.

Ina bockholt explained: "the cardboard is mostly made of recycled waste paper, which in turn has been printed with ink containing mineralol. The mineral oils from these colors are highly volatile and can pass into the chocolate." But the mineralols have not yet been researched in detail. "Substances that are possibly carcinogenic have no place in foods." 

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