Since September 2020, thousands of food batches have been recalled in Europe and new reports of ethylene oxide-contaminated food and food commodities are still coming in. Luckily, the Chlorella powder produced by Duplaco® does not contain any ethylene oxide.
If a product contains more ethylene oxide than is permitted, this does not immediately pose a health risk. However, frequent and long-term exposure to large amounts of this substance may be harmful to your health. Frequent and long-term means that you have ingested it almost daily for several years. Tests have been carried out on animals and have shown harmful effects in the stomach. In large quantities, tumors may develop.
What is ethylene oxide?
Ethylene oxide is a substance with different applications. Often ethylene oxide is used as a disinfectant against bacteria and fungi. In the European Union it is not allowed to use this substance as a pesticide in food. In Europe, strict rules apply to ethylene oxide. Products that are recalled contain more of the substance than is permitted, but the quantities are still small. Recalls are often precautionary. Read more about Ethylene oxide at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethylene_oxide
Which products can contain too much ethylene oxide?
Ethylene oxide can be found, for example, in products in which the binding agent carob bean gum (E-number: E410) is used. Examples are ice cream, crackers and dressings. It has also been found in products containing sesame. Since September 2020, companies in the Netherlands and other EU countries have recalled numerous foodstuffs that were found to contain too much ethylene oxide. The amount of ethylene oxide that may be present in a foodstuff is laid down by law. This limit is a maximum of 0.1 milligram per kilogram of product. In the EU, companies are not allowed to sell foodstuffs which contain more ethylene oxide.
Ethylene oxide and Chlorella
Duplaco® doesn’t use any preservatives in the production process or storage of Chlorella and neither ethylene oxide. Therefore we can certify that our Chlorella Pyrenoidosa is completely free from ethylene oxide.