Kinder chocolate bars found to contain possible carcinogen


Kinder chocolate bar (illustration) 
By: Tanya Malhotra

People in Germany, are calling on the health ministry to recall Kinder chocolate bars after a recent test revealed that they contain a possible carcinogen.

A group called Foodwatch, found that the mineral oil aromatic hydrocarbons, which is a byproduct of petroleum, finds its way into products for sale in supermarkets.

After testing 20 products ranging from chips to chocolate bars, Foodwatch found that three contained dangerous levels of the mineral oil aromatic hydrocarbons.

In addition to the Kinder chocolate bars, the carcinogen was also found in Ferrero Nougat Minis, and Sun Rice Classic Schoko Happen.

The European Food Safety Authority lists the mineral oil aromatic hydrocarbons as likely carcinogenic and mutagenic.

The mineral oil aromatic hydrocarbons are often transferred to food through recycled paper that had once been printed with inks containing oils and are not formally banned from being used in food packaging.

However, the Association of the German Confectionary Agency said that there was no reason to recall the products as the amounts found by Foodwatch could be consumed without concern.