The Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition (Aesan) reported yesterday Monday of the withdrawal from shops, supermarkets and main marketing channels in Spain, of batches of vanilla ice cream of the Häagen-Dazs brand from France in which has detected the presence of 2-chloroethanol.
2-Chloroethanol is a metabolite of ethylene oxide and on July 12 its presence was reported in ice cream of this brand distributed in France, but now Aesan warns of its presence in sales channels in Spain.
Aesan, communicates that consumers who have purchased one of the following affected productsthey should get rid of them and can contact their Customer Service:
For another. Side Häagen-Dazs, through its parent company, General Mills, reports that the origin of the toxic alcohol contamination is in the use of a vanilla extract from Madagascar. According to ATSDR (Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry)ethylene oxide is “a sweet-smelling flammable gas” that dissolves easily in most organic solvents.
In general, and as indicated by this US government agency, it is not usual for people to “be exposed” to ethylene oxide. It is used in antifreeze, polyester and, as the health alert demonstrates, in some additives.
In large quantities, yes. Ethylene oxide is classified in the EU as “possible mutagen, possible carcinogen and possible reproductive toxicant”. Since the 1990s, its use in the agricultural industry and phytosanitary products -pesticides- is prohibited.
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