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Ethylene oxide residues still found in sesame seeds

Sesame seeds and sesame products have been recalled from the market many times in the recent past due to ethylene oxide residues. In a recent test, sesame seeds and foods containing sesame were tested and elevated levels of ethylene oxide were still detected in four of 44 products.

Ethylene oxide is a pesticide used to gas sesame seeds to eliminate bacteria and fungi. Within the EU, the use of ethylene oxide in plant protection products is forbidden, but in India, for example, the active ingredient is widely used. According to a health assessment from the BfR, ethylene oxide is considered “mutagenic and carcinogenic.”

Within the EU, a legally permitted maximum residue level for ethylene oxide of 0.05 mg/kg in sesame is valid according to Regulation (EC) No. 396/2005.


bilacon controls your sesame seeds and other sesame products


bilacon supports you in the control of your products regarding the analysis for ethylene oxide residues. We also test your products for 2-chloroethanol, the conversion product of ethylene oxide, and calculate the sum of both. You can receive the results as an express analysis within 12 hours upon request.


If you have any questions about our service, please feel free to contact us. Our expert will be happy to help you.


Roy Sperling

+49 (0) 30 206 038 320

Source: Stiftung Warentest

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