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Recall: Harmful mold toxins have been detected in these types of rice

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Harmful mold toxins have been detected in these rice varieties

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The supermarket chain “LIDL” has issued a recall: Several types of rice are affected, which are said to be contaminated with mold toxins.

Check the pantry, please! Because there is a major recall of rice. “LIDL” is currently providing information about this on its own website and in the branches.

Specifically, two types of rice are affected, in loose form and in a cooking bag:

  • Golden Sun Basmati Rice
  • In the 1 kg pack
  • With the best before dates: 01/07/2023, 01/08/2023, 01/18/2023 – 01/20/2023

and

  • Golden Sun long grain rice in a cooking bag
  • In the 1 kg pack
  • With the best before dates: 05/10/2023 – 05/12/2023, 05/17/2023 – 05/21/2023, 05/25/2023, 05/26/2023, 06/07/2023 and 06/08/2023

The rice should no longer be cooked and eaten, because: it contains mold toxins. An increased aflatoxin content is said to have been found in investigations.

Aflatoxin is a toxin produced by two types of mold. According to the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), aflatoxins are “among the strongest naturally occurring toxins and carcinogenic substances”. In experiments, a carcinogenic effect in relation to liver cancer was found in particular.

The mold toxin can enter the human body both through the air and through the consumption of contaminated food. Since it is heat-stable and cannot be completely destroyed during cooking, the rice should be disposed of and no longer prepared.

The rice varieties affected by the recall come from a Dutch manufacturer called “Van Sillevoldt Rijst BV r”, but were sold by “LIDL” in Germany. According to the supermarket, the products have already been removed from the shelves. However, anyone who has already bought the rice and has it in the house can return it to any Lidl branch. Customers are reimbursed for the purchase price even without presenting a receipt.

sources used: LIDL, Federal Institute for Risk Assessment, EFSA

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