One of the concerns that has alerted the authorities and health organizations, beyond the evidence of the pandemic, has been the presence of ethylene oxide in some foods, especially in some ice creams that had to be withdrawn from sale. Now, the list of products in which this gas has been detected, which is used as a sterilant but which can have mutagenic and carcinogenic effects , continues to grow.

FACUA advises users who have one of the affected products in their homes to refrain from consuming them and proceed to return them to the establishments so that they can reimburse them. However, Frontierassures in a statement that “the amount of the affected component that is used is negligible in the final product.
In addition, even in the case of consumption of any product that could be affected by this incident, and based on external and own analyses , it is very unlikely to pose a risk to the health of consumers. The possible health risk derives mainly from the direct handling of the substance or from a hypothetical continued consumption in large doses, “he explains.
For example, since September 2020, very high levels of ethylene oxide have been reported in some batches of sesame seeds from India., where this compound is used as a phytosanitary to prevent salmonella contamination of these seeds.
Precisely for this reason, ethylene oxide has been found in numerous foods made with sesame or sesame oil , such as mixtures of seeds, cereal bars, cookies, seed bread, pastries, tahini and hummus.


In other everyday products, the presence of this substance has been detected in recent days. Of course, outside of Spain all the cases, and even outside the EU, the affected countries are India, the Dominican Republic, Uganda, Turkey, Ethiopia and the United Kingdom.
onion powder
guar gum
durum wheat, pepper,
celery ,
curcuma ,
amaranth ,
, spirulina powder


The organization FACUA-Consumers in Action has published a new list of references for ice cream from Froneri, manufacturer of several brands of the Nestle group , which have been withdrawn by presence of ethylene oxide . The Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition (AESAN) assured from the beginning of the crisis that the detected levels of the carcinogenic substance are very low and are below the legal limit of 0.02 mg/kg.
This new list published by FACUA adds to another that had 19 batches and the first, which was published at the end of July, with 46 varieties of ice cream manufactured by the Froneri company that were being withdrawn. The consumer organization has called on Nestle and Froneri to act transparently and publish the complete list of affected products. For now, the manufacturer Froneri has included a search engine on its website where you can check which batch is affected.
In contrast, the company Mars, which has also been affected by the crisis, published the list of products subject to withdrawal due to contamination with ethylene oxide in Spain. Specifically, these are certain M&M’s, Snickers and Twix ice creams.
This new list that has come to light, with 21 batches affected in total, and includes units belonging to:
14 varieties of Extreme Cream-Strawberry
Pirulo Mikolapiz
Milka Avellana
Nuii Almond
Nuii Dark chocolate with almonds
Oreo bombon
Sandwich Bokazas Cream
Toblerone bombon
Llra Cup
Supreme Nougat
Great Lady Cream
Cake Princess Cream
Block Nestle Tres Gustos
Block Nestle Vanilla

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