Palm oil in in milk powder: once more found the cancerogenous contaminants
The presence of palm oil in in milk powder puts great risk on the newly born’s health. The issue, subject of a petition launched by Great Italian Food Trade and Fatto Alimentare is again topical after the latest analyses carried out by the association Altroconsumo, repeating the test performed in June 2016, once more finding the cancerogenous 3-MCPD and GE, caused by refining the tropical fat at high temperatures.
The analyses show the 13 samples of milk powder for children from 0 to 6 months – all broad consumption brands – always contain dangerous contaminants, over the tolerance threshold level. Just 1 product (Crescendo Coop) never goes past the threshold. Another 2 (Humana 1 and Plasmon Nutrimune 1) pass the formula limit for 1-month newly borns, but fall in the range tolerated in the version formulated for 3-5 months.
Altroconsumo’s laboratory analyses had already shown the excessive presence of cancerous contaminators triggered by palm oil in snacks, cookies, chips and powdered milk. Only powdered milk producers had disputed the test results, saying they did not fit the data coming from their self-control systems. To reassert their reliability, the consumer association repeated this, entrusting the samples disputed to another laboratory (credited like the first one), using a different analysis method.
The new test result recalculated contaminator presence. In comparison with previous analysis, writes Altroconsumo, milk “Human 1 passes from a value of 3MCPD, 10 times over the tolerable daily dose, to a value nearly always falling in securitry limits, save a 1-month baby, where the safety threshold is just passed. 3MCPD contaminators Nidina 1 and Mellin 1 also drop below previous tests, though in these products the safety threshold set by the European food safety organization is still passed”.
In the indicative tests, specifies Altroconsumo, “To deepen the question and broaden the panorama, we added to the test other artificial milk brands, some without palm oil. Result: 10 in 13 brands still pass the tolerable 3MCPD intake limit. Values range from just over the tolerated daily dose to 2-3 times superior (like Nidina 1, Mellin 1, Formulat 1), to the most extreme case, Blemil 1, where we found a tenor of 3MCPD 15 times over the safety limit. In this product and Formulat 1 milk we also found GE contaminators, which are surely cancerogenous and genotoxic (DNA damaging) so should not be there, so a tolerance threshold cannot be given – while the results of Coop Crescendo, which do not use the palm, are good”.
The result is not satisfactory. “Though the contamination values are below those met in the test published in July, the overall situation is still critical and deserves our interest, especially in light of the discussion evolving in Europe on defining new contamination limits allowed, risking being too permissive”, insists the consumer association.