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Sold at Aldi: Recall for frozen fish due to chlorate contamination
Clama GmbH & Co. KG has launched a recall for the product "Pangasius Filets, frozen" from the Golden Seafood brand. According to the food wholesaler, an increased level of health-endangering chlorate was found in the fish. The frozen product was distributed by Aldi Nord.
Clama GmbH & Co. KG from Mülheim / Ruhr is calling back the frozen product "Pangasius Filets, frozen", brand Golden Seafood with the best-before date 06.03.2021 and the lot number VN126VI017 due to an increased chlorate content.
Health impairments cannot be excluded
As can be seen from a communication published by the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety on its portal "lebensmittelwarnung.de", an increase in chlorate was found in an investigation.
"A health impairment cannot be ruled out with certainty," the company writes.
The fish fillets were sold in Aldi Nord branches in Bremen, Brandenburg, Berlin, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, Lower Saxony, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Schleswig-Holstein, Thuringia and in parts of Hesse and North Rhine-Westphalia. The fish can be returned to the nearest Aldi Nord branch.
Just a few days ago, the Dutch company Seafood Connection had started a fish recall due to contamination with chlorate. In this case too, frozen pangasius fillet was recalled.
Iodine intake can be inhibited
As the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) explains, repeated exposure to chlorate in humans can lead to iodine intake being inhibited. “This inhibition can cause temporary changes in thyroid hormone levels in high-risk groups. The inhibition of iodine intake is reversible, ”writes the institute.
According to experts, people with thyroid disorders, iodine deficiency, newborns and children can be particularly affected by undesirable effects. Another critical group are pregnant women who already have thyroid dysfunction.
The one-time intake of chlorate (acute exposure) does not have a significant effect on the inhibition of iodine intake, but can lead to damage to the red blood cells at higher chlorate concentrations. (ad)
Author and source information
This text corresponds to the requirements of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.
- Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety: Notification from Clama GmbH & Co. KG: Clama GmbH & Co. KG informs about a recall of the product Golden Seafood "Pangasius Filets, frozen", distributed by ALDI NORD, (access: November 13, 2019), food warning .de
- Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR): Questions and Answers on Chlorate in Food, (accessed: November 13, 2019), Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR)