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Recall: Several types of crisps contaminated with tropane alkaloids

The Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety informs of several recalls of crisps. Apparently the so-called tropane alkaloids ended up in the products. These toxic substances can cause symptoms such as nausea, drowsiness and headaches when consumed. Consumption is therefore not recommended.

Recall of Alnatura corn chips

Alnatura recently recalled two types of corn chips. Now the recall has been extended. The varieties "Alnatura corn chips natural, 125 grams", "Alnatura corn chips paprika, 125 grams" and "Alnatura corn rolls, 125 grams" are concerned, with all expiry dates up to 07.12.2022 inclusive.

Amaizin tortilla chip recall

For the same reason, DO-IT Consumer Products BV is recalling "Amaizin tortilla chips" in the varieties Natural 75 grams, Natural 250 grams, Chili, Paprika, Rolled Tomato and Nacho Cheese. All products with expiration dates from August 13, 2022 through March 5, 2023 inclusive are affected by the recall.

Redeem the chips at the respective point of sale

Customers who have already purchased any of the chip products mentioned above should not eat them, but hand them over to the respective point of sale. You will receive a matching replacement there.

How do tropane alkaloids enter products?

Tropane alkaloids are a group of naturally occurring plant compounds found in certain field weeds of the nightshade family. These include, for example, datura, black henbane and deadly nightshade.

If plant parts or seeds of these plants enter the crop, contamination with tropane alkaloids may occur. These include some highly toxic substances such as atropine and scopolamine, which affect heart rhythm and the central nervous system even at low doses.

This may present temporarily with symptoms such as drowsiness, headaches and nausea. (vb)

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Graduate editor (FH) Volker Blasek


Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety: Recall of Amaizin tortilla chips (publication: July 26, 2022), food warning.de Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety: Recall of Alnatura natural corn chips, Alnatura corn chips paprika and Alnatura corn rolls (publication: 26 July 2022), food warning.deBayerisches Landesamt for health and food safety: tropane alkaloids (status: 19/07/2017), lgl.bayern.de

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