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Update: Egg recall from Edeka - all samples flawless

Update: Egg recall from Edeka - all samples flawless


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Supposedly exceeded maximum values: recall for eggs

After Honerkamps Bauernmarkt KG from Melle, Lower Saxony, initially started a recall for eggs because it was suspected that the maximum content of certain chemical compounds had been exceeded, the company is now giving the all-clear. In official cross-checks, all the eggs were perfect.

The Honerkamps Bauernmarkt KG from Melle (Lower Saxony), as a precautionary measure, had recalled the free-range eggs with the print number 1-DE 0358331 with a best-before date (MHD) from July 10, 2020 to August 1, 2020 and the production date June 12, 2020 to June 27, 2020, both in bulk and in 6 and 10 packs were sold at Edeka. According to the company, however, the official cross-tests of the Lower Saxony State Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety (LAVES) are now available, which have given complete relief for the free-range eggs of Honerkamp’s Bauernmarkt KG. All of the eggs examined were therefore perfect in terms of the environmental contaminants analyzed.

Sold by Edeka

According to the original communication, which the Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) published on its portal "lebensmittelwarnung.de", a "maximum excess of environmental contaminants" was detected in a sample of this article. Contamination with dioxin-like PCBs and ndl-PCBs was suspected.

Honerkamps Bauernmarkt KG had therefore taken the goods out of trade as a precaution together with the trading companies concerned. With reference to a corresponding communication from LAVES, the company now reports that the official cross-check of the free-range eggs, which has now taken place, with regard to the environmental contaminants PCDD, PCDF, dl-PCB and non-dioxin-like PCB was without exception in all examined eggs. Neither the maximum values ​​nor the trigger values ​​were exceeded.

Immune system damage

The precautionary warning given by the company - despite the subsequent all-clear - is particularly positive in view of the possible health risks that the PCB entails. As the Bavarian State Office for Health and Food Safety (LGL) explains on its website, the term polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) summarizes more than 200 different chemical compounds that always occur in mixtures.

According to the Bavarian Consumer Information System (VIS), knowledge of the health effects in humans after long-lasting, lower PCB exposure is still comparatively limited despite extensive research. However, there is some evidence that prolonged exposure to PCB can damage the immune system, thyroid and skin, and can adversely affect children's development.

"A carcinogenic effect has been shown in animal experiments (especially liver and lung cancer) and meanwhile also in human studies (melanoma, possibly also non-Hodgkin lymphoma and breast cancer)", says the VIS website. (ad)

Editor's note: At the time of the first publication of this article, the results of the official cross-tests were not yet available, which is why only the recall was originally reported. In the aftermath, however, this proved to be unfounded.

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This text corresponds to the specifications of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.



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