Test from German consumer association shows the problem is in refining.
ROME (ANSA) – The spread with the highest number of GE and 3-MCPD contaminants, does not contain palm oil but rather sunflower oil. GE is a substance with glycerol on which EFSA, the European Food Safety Authority, has recently published a study assessing the risks to public health. This finding in relation to sunflower oil is concluded by Stiftung Warentest, the main German consumers association, which, on the basis of a test, has shown that it is not palm oil that creates problems but the way in which vegetable oils are refined, whether they are sunflower, rapeseed or palm oil. According to the study conducted on a selection of the most famous spreads in the country, the one with the highest number of contaminants is called Nocciolata and is indeed made from sunflower and not palm oil. A child weighing 30 kg, according to the tests conducted by the Germans, would reach its tolerable daily dose of GE and 3-MCPD with just 4 grams of this product, while for adults the grams would increase to 8. On the eleven spreads analysed, including Nutella which ranks second after the Kaufland K-Classic Nussano in terms of fewer contaminants, the association noted that only two spreads do not contain palm oil. Finally, according to Stiftung Warentest, the contaminants can be reduced by improving food production, so much that in response to this study, Nocciolata’s manufacturer announced that it has already begun to change the refining process of its sunflower oil.