Recall: Mold toxins in rice from several supermarkets

Attention, recall
Harmful mold toxins have been detected in these rice varieties

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The popular supermarkets “Penny” and “LIDL” have 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” initially provided information about this on its own website and in the branches. Another product has now been added

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

  • Golden Sun Basmati Rice from LIDL
  • In the 1 kg pack
  • With the best before dates: 01/07/2023, 01/08/2023, 01/18/2023 – 01/20/2023
  • Golden Sun long-grain rice in a cooking bag from LIDL
  • 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
  • Taste of Asia Basmati Rice from PENNY
  • In the 1 kg pack
  • With the best before dates 01/11/2023 to 01/14/2023

The rice should no longer be cooked and eaten, because: it contains mold toxins. According to LIDL, investigations are said to have found an increased aflatoxin content.

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.

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 and Penny branch. Customers are reimbursed for the purchase price even without presenting a receipt.

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


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