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Tech & Science Products: Ecotest Looks Red: Every Second Tomato Park with Mold Pilz Toxes Lens

17:40  29 july  2021
17:40  29 july  2021 Source:   stern.de

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Sceel Factor Tomato Market: Ecotest examined 20 tomato paste products. Each second contained mold fungi. This is not only disgusting, but also a risk to health. Only 9 out of 20 products can recommend the testers and testers.

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tomato paste is indispensable from many kitchens: it refines sauces and gives lasagne and co a certain depth. But disgusting, if you look at the products more precisely. Just as it did Ökotest. In 11 out of 20 products, the testers and testers found mold fungi, increased or highly increased concentration. The molds discovered in the test are alternary asinoxins, especially alternary and tenuazonic acid (TEA). Both could be a risk to health. There are no limit values ​​for the concentration of mold fungi, the EU Commission is planning a guideline. But companies have to do this only, a regulation is not.

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The highest loads are the organic products of Alnatura, DM Bio and Ener Bio (Rossmann). In the products, alternary oxins are at a height that exceed the planned guidelines for processed tomato products. The strongest burdened and thus the only product in the test "insufficient" the CIRIO tomato pamp is twice concentrated, which even exceeds both guidelines, ie the alternaryary and tea, significantly exceeds.

Where Italy is on it, Italy should be in it

The second criticism of the ecotesters are pesticides: in the tomato paste of Kaufland's own brand K-Classic, the laboratory commissioned by Ecotest, in addition to the Bienenoxic imidacloprid, the Chlorefapyren already prohibited in Germany. After all: almost all tomatoes come from Italy, as it is also indicated on the product. Only 3 out of 20 products indicates the origin on Morocco or Spain. For example, the LIDL tomato paste Freshona, as the analysis shows that only a part of the tomatoes from Italy, although the Italian flag is printed on the packaging and that according to the EU law is only allowed when the ingredients were 100 percent from Italy become.

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And which tomato paste is now recommended? Ökotest advises against the organic products among other things to Basic (1.19 euros per 200 g) and the organic tomato paste of EDEKA (0.85 euros). Among the conventional products, among other things, to Aldi Nord and Net (both 0.59 euros).

You can read the whole test here for a fee

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