Anvisa prohibits the sale of pasta with contaminated substance

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The National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) prohibited the commercialization, distribution and use of pasta from the company BBBR Indústria e Comércio de Macarrão, manufactured between July 25 and August 24. The resolution published this Thursday (22) also determines the recall of products.

According to Anvisa, the action is part of the investigation into the case of propylene glycol contaminated with ethylene glycol, which caused intoxication and death of animals. The contaminated propylene glycol was supplied by the company Tecno Clean Industrial.

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After inspection at BBBR, Anvisa found that the company acquired and used the contaminated input as an ingredient in the production line of its pasta. According to data provided to Anvisa, the company has a trade name Keishi and is responsible for the production and sale of various types of oriental-style pasta, such as udon, yakisoba, ramen, as well as savory pasta, such as gyoza. The products are also sold in the form of frozen dough.

Anvisa, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (Mapa) and the local Health Surveillance bodies continue with the investigation and daily inspections of the companies involved. Anvisa says that information about companies and product traceability will continue to be updated daily.

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In addition, no voluntary collection has yet been filed with Anvisa, but all the companies involved are being strictly monitored and, if the need for collection of products is verified, Anvisa will make its determination.

THE CNN contacted the companies mentioned by Anvisa and awaits a response.

Understand what substances are involved

Ethylene glycol is a highly toxic organic solvent that causes kidney and liver failure when ingested, and can even lead to death. According to Anvisa, there is no authorization for the use of this substance in food.

The food additive propylene glycol is authorized for some foods. However, an Anvisa resolution determines that its use is not allowed in the pasta category. Anvisa says that industries use propylene glycol in refrigeration processes, in which there is no direct contact with the food. When propylene glycol is used only in the refrigeration process, there is not necessarily a risk to the consumption of products from companies that have purchased the contaminated input.

What to do if you have purchased the product

Anvisa recommends that companies that have the Keishi brand pasta (BBBR Indústria e Comércio de Noodles) should not sell or use the products. The same goes for consumers who have purchased any of these products. The agency recommends that you contact the company to return the products.

If the consumer does not find the manufacturing date on the product label, he should contact the company to confirm its manufacture. If there is no certainty about this information, the product should not be consumed.

Source: CNN Brasil

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