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Health risk from tomato paste

Tomato paste is a main ingredient in Italian dishes such as lasagna and pizza. However, these no longer taste as good if it poses a health risk. Mold toxins and pesticides spoil the food.


Mold toxins: Alternariatoxins detected


Mold toxins, also called mycotoxins, are metabolic products of molds that can be toxic. In a recent test, the alternariotoxins alternariol and tenuazonic acid were detected in nearly half of all samples. These belong to the group of mycotoxins and are often referred as black mold. Alternariol is suspected of damaging the genetic material and tenuazonic acid can lead to the inhibition of the body’s own proteins.

Currently, there are no legal limits for alternariotoxins in food. However, since a possible health risk is assumed, so-called “indicative levels” are under discussion. To ensure that these are not exceeded in the future, it is necessary to check whether the levels can be reduced by selecting suitable raw materials.

bilacon will check your products for alternariatoxins and the experts will be happy to advise you.


Chlorfenapyr found in one sample


The pesticide chlorfenapyr is banned in the EU because it has been proven to be hazardous to health and yet it was detected in one sample. Manufacturers and distributors have a duty of care to ensure that no maximum pesticide levels are exceeded and that no banned substances are present in the product. bilacon tests your products in this respect and provides you with professional and practical advice.


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Roy Sperling
+49 (0) 30 206 038 320

Source: Ökotest


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