The NGO Foodwatch analyzed the composition of four ice creams and ice creams sold in French supermarkets. The products contain additives and animal derivatives.
With industrial products, we must never trust appearances. The NGO Foodwatch proves it once again. In a statement, it publishes its findings on 4 ice creams and ice creams: controversial additives and insect residues are found in their composition.
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Crushed caterpillars used to color ice cream
Foodwatch regularly conducts product surveys of the food industry to demand more transparency and stricter legislation. This time, the NGO looked at 4 ice creams sold by major brands. The most surprising observation concerns a water ice cream for children: "Pirulo Happy", produced by Nestlé. To give it its red color, the industrialist uses a powdered insect, the cochineal. This dye, called E120, has a high allergic potential and the European Food Safety Authority recommends to avoid it as much as possible.
Ice cones also contain cochineal residues. The "Extreme" coffee, also marketed by Nestlé, contain shellac, a coating agent consisting of cochineal secretions. It gives a shiny appearance to the product. No studies have proven that it is dangerous for health, but its presence surprises Foodwatch: "it is always surprising to find products from insects in its ice cream, especially that nothing indicates it in the list of ingredients apart from this mysterious word "shellac", says the NGO, it's even more embarrassing for vegetarians. "
In an interview with France InfoCamille Dorioz, campaign manager at the association, says nothing is illegal in these practices. "But it's not because it's legal that it's legitimate," she argues, "which is not legitimate, in our opinion, is that it is very difficult for the consumer to know that 'There are animal products inside these ices.'
Milk in a sorbet and phosphates in ice cream
Two other ice creams were analyzed by the NGO: Ben & Jerry's "Vanilla Pecan Blondie" and lemon Golden Card sorbet. The first contains controversial additives such as diphosphates (E450) and calcium phosphates (E341). However, the European Food Safety Agency recommends limiting the consumption of phosphates because they present risks for cardiovascular health. As for the Carte d'Or sorbet, the industrialist plays with words. A sherbet must be made from fruits, sugar and water, but it contains milk.
For lactose intolerant it is important to read carefully the product compositions on the packaging. In general, these revelations remind us of the need to always analyze the labels of the products we consume.