The supermarkets are removing hundreds of products containing sesame seeds from the shelves because the banned substance may contain ethylene oxide. This is what supermarket branch organization CBL says. Products containing contaminated sesame seeds are also removed from stores in other EU countries.
According to the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA), the sesame seed containing the prohibited substance comes from three producers in India. In that country, ethylene oxide is used as a disinfectant on sesame seeds. “It is not immediately a public health problem, but someone who consumes large amounts on a daily basis could experience potentially harmful effects in the longer term,” the NVWA reports.
Bread, crackers and salads
Sesame has been used in hundreds of products, such as bread and crackers, salads and oriental meals. The supermarket industry association says that certain products will be temporarily unavailable. “Manufacturers and supermarkets are working hard to quickly replenish the shelves with products that meet all standards.”
The supermarkets will publish a list of products that may contain contaminated sesame seeds “as soon as possible”, the CBL said. Consumers can dispose of those products or return them to the store.