The NGO Foodwatch deplores the fact that the manufacturers and the authorities do not react to the detection, several years ago already, traces of aromatic hydrocarbons of mineral oil in eight references of infant formulas, two of which are marketed in France.
The multiple alerts of the NGO Foodwatch are until now remained a dead letter. The association of protection of consumers had, already in 2015, and again at the end of 2019, revealed the presence of aromatic hydrocarbons of mineral oil in some infant formulas.
Also known as MOAH, these toxic substances are potentially carcinogenic, mutagenic (they affect permanently the DNA) and endocrine disruptors. The alert concerns the eight products in Europe and, in particular, in France, a Nestlé product, and a product, Danone.
The marketed products remain on the market
The tests have first been conducted by Foodwatch and the results have been confirmed by other tests of the French authorities. And while the 5 last June, the directorate-general for health and food safety of the european Commission has confirmed the presence of these MOAH in infant formula, the results remain secret. Worst : the products in question are still present on the market.
The NGO Foodwatch therefore calls on the european Commission and the member States of the EU to make these reports public. And denounces also the irresponsibility of Danone and Nestlé on the topic since the product remains marketed.
No immediate danger but risks confirmed by the ANSES
Babies who consume these infant formula are not exposed to an immediate danger. However, the ANSES (French Agency for sanitary safety of food) recommends it on a regular basis : exposure to aromatic hydrocarbons through the food supply poses risks to health.
References baby milk contaminated with hydrocarbons
In France, Foodwatch therefore calls on Nestlé and Danone to recall immediately the two contaminated products : Nidal Milk powder 1 age (0-6 months, Nestlé) and Gallia Gallagest growth without lactose growth (12 months to 3 years) of Danone.
In the absence of a regulation to protect the consumers, the manufacturers should, according to the NGO commit to not to sell that food without the presence of detectable MOAH.