Your craving for ice cream has been climbing as fast as the temperatures in recent days. But beware, about sixty ice creams and ice creams are currently the subject of product recalls, and the list could go on and on.

A carcinogen

In question, too high concentrations of a chemical product, ethylene oxide. But what is it all about? Ethylene oxide is a pesticide banned in Europe but still authorized in certain imported products, up to a limit of 0.05 mg / kg.

Indeed, ethylene oxide is considered to be a proven carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (CIRC). It can also induce genetic abnormalities, is toxic by inhalation and can cause irritation of the eyes, respiratory tract and skin, recalls the national research and safety institute (INRS).

More than 7,000 products affected

For the ice creams and ice creams concerned, the concentrations above the authorized threshold come from an ingredient: sesame. Imported from India, where ethylene oxide is not banned, this sesame seems to contain up to 1,000 times the limit dose authorized in Europe.

Thus, since September 2020, recalls of sesame products have multiplied. And on June 15, the list of products recalled and withdrawn from sale established by the General Directorate for Competition, Consumption and Fraud Control (DGCCRF) already had more than 7,100 references.

The doses found in these products do not represent “necessarily an immediate risk “, reassured the DGGCRF on April 22. But as a precaution, all products are withdrawn from sale, regardless of the amount of ethylene oxide.

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Picard, Godiva, La Laitière, Auchan …

Consumers are invited to regularly consult the DGCCRF list and not to consume the products appearing there. To date, the references affected by the product recall are as follows:

  • ICE LOG HAPPINESS Iced Log (750g) Picard brand barcode 3270160841530
  • 6 SNAPS OF ICE CREAM Vanilla – Hazelnut – Chocolate Picard brand barcode 3270160730988
  • 2 GOURMET MINI-POTS PARIS-BREST HAZELNUT brand Picard barcodes 3270160731626
  • 6 ICED PROFITEROLES Picard brand barcode 3270160658725
  • ICE MILLEFEUILLE LOG RED FRUIT – VANILLA Picard brand barcode 32700160822119
  • 4 PRALIN’S GLACÉS brand Picard barcodes 3270160356454
  • Norwegian omelette brand Carrefour, Carrefour distributors, barcodes 3270190207757
  • AUCHAN GOURMET BUCHE RED FRUIT VANILLA 460G SURGELE brand Auchan Gourmet, Auchan barcode distributors 3596710486878
  • BUCHE ALL CHOCOLATE & BROWNIE 569G SURGELE brand Auchan Gourmet, Auchan barcode distributors 3596710486885
  • NORWEGIAN OMELETTE Chef Dessert brand, all distributors, bar codes 3331485010886
  • Pistachio ice cream, with pieces of pistachios 1L, Carrefour brand, Carrefour distributor, bar codes 3560071169381
  • PROFITEROLESX12 brand Adélie, Intermarché distributor
  • Vanilla Ice Cream with Bourbon Vanilla pods from Madagasca 81g, La belle Aude brand, barcode 3760015740267 all distributors
  • Coffee Ice Cream 81g brand La Belle Aude, barcode 3760015740298, all distributors
  • Gruissan Sea Salt Caramel Ice Cream 81g, La Belle Aude brand, barcode 3760015740274, all distributors
  • Bulgarian Yogurt Ice Cream 81g, La Belle Aude brand, barcode 3760015740434, all distributors
  • Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Ice Cream 1617g brand La Belle Aude, barcode 3760015740786, all distributors
  • Vanilla Ice Cream with Bourbon Vanilla pods from Madagascar 356g, La Belle Aude brand, barcode 3760015740007, all distributors
  • LIEGEOIS CHOCOLAT BELLE FRANCE CASE 4 X 125 ML, Belle France brand, barcode 3258561410401, all distributors
  • Pistachio ice cream with caramelized pistachio pieces, Leader Price brand, bar codes 3263856630211, Leader Price distributors
  • 4 Bat V / Milk / Almond 480mL ALCA, 4 Bat Van / Ch. White 480mL ALCA, K9 / Bac Cafe 1L Std ALCA, 4 Bat Va / Caram / Lait 440mL ALCA, K9 / Bac Cafe 1L AUCH, 4 Bat Va / Ch Milk / Am 440mL AUCH, Auchan brand, Auchan distributors
  • K9 / Bac Chocolat 1L LEAD, Leader Price brand, Leader Price distributors
  • M / 4 Bat Cara BS 400mL CASI Fmb, K9 / Bac Va / Car / Pecan 900mL CASI, K9 / Bac Chocolat 1L CASI UTZ MB and K9 / Bac Lemon Yellow 1L CASI Casino brand, Casino distributors
  • 4 Bat V / Milk / Am 440mL LEAD Fmb, Leader Price brand, Leader Price distributors
  • 1 Van / Strawberry Jar 60x60mL, 1 Van / Strawberry Jar 36x85mL, 1 Van / Choco Jar 36x85mL, 1 Van / Choco Jar 60x60mL, 1 Van / Strawberry Jar 60x60mL and 1 Organic Vanilla Jar 36x85mL brand Flipi, all distributors
  • Bac Mangue 2,4L, Bac Melon 2,4L, Bac Lemon 2,4L, LA LAITIERE Srbt Mangue Exot V, brand La Laitière, all distributors
  • K9 / Bac V / Maca 900mL CARR Fr / Nl, K9 / Bac Van Bio 900mLCARR FNLES, 6 Bat V / Ch. White 720mL CARR Fr, 8 Mibat Van / Choco 400mL CARR, 6 Bat V / CBlc 720mL CARR FrNLES, K6 / Bac Cho Bio 900mLCARR FNLES, 6 Bat V / L / Am720mLCARR Fr / Nl / ES, Pot Van / CookDou / Cho 500mL CARR, I / GM / 6 Mibat Am 360mL CARR FNE and K9 / Bac Coco 1L CARR, Carrefour brand, distributors crossroads
  • 6 480mL SMAR umb jar, 1 36x80mL SMAR Fmb jar, Smarties brand, all distributors
  • 4 Bat Van / Ch.White 480mL SPAR, 4 Bat Va / Ch.Lait / Am 480mL GOUR, 4 Bat Va / Ch.Lait / Am 480mL ALTE, 4 Bat Van / Ch.White 480mL ALTE and 4 Bat Van / Choc Lait 480mL ALTE, Euromadi brand, all distributors
  • 8 Mibat Van / Choco 400mL, Pilpa brand, all distributors
  • Bat 4Ci + 4Fr + 4Ca 4,32L ALDI, K9 / Bac Citron 1L ALDI and 6 Bat Lai Am 720mL brand Aldi products, Aldi distributors
  • Bac Citron Vert 5L Metro brand, Metro distributor
  • 4 Bat Va / Ch. Milk / Am 440mL, S9 / Bac Chocolat Bio 900mL, 12 Pot V / Frai + V / Cho 720mL and 8 Mibat Van / Choco 400mL, Leclerc brand, Leclerc distributors
  • 6 Van / Cacao Jar 600mL, 1 Jar MilkChChip 20x125mL, 1 Jar Van & CacInf 20x125mL, 1 Jar Mil & DarkCh 20x125mL, 1 Jar Ban / DarkCh 20x125mL and 1 Jar BelgDarkCh 20x125mL, Godiva brand, all distributors
  • M / 6 Bat Van / Exo / Exo 660mL and M / 6 Bat V / Fram / Fram 660mL, Bofrost brand, all distributors
  • A / 8 Mibat V / Cho 400mL MARK UMB, R&R UK brand, all distributors
  • 12 Pot V / F + V / Ch 720mL and 12 Pot V / F + V / Ch 720mL, Lidl brand, Lidl distributors
  • 8 Mibat Va / Choc 360mL and M / 4 Bat Roch / Pralin 360mL, System U brand, System U distributors
  • Extreme vanilla cone x16, Extreme brand, all distributors
  • Raspberry sorbet, Coconut sorbet, Lemon sorbet, Red fruit sorbet, Lime sorbet, Plum sorbet from Lorraine IGP, Banana chocolate sorbet and Creme brulee ice cream, HDG brand, all distributors.
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