Aldi recall: veterinary medicinal product discovered in frozen product - health risk

Health impairment possible: Aldi recalls frozen food

The Dutch company Heiploeg International B.V. The product sold by Aldi Nord may be contaminated with a veterinary drug. A health impairment cannot be excluded.

Heiploeg International B.V. from the Netherlands has started a recall for the frozen product "King-Prawns, shrimp tails" of the "Natur" variety, under the "Gourmet Fruits de Mer" brand. The veterinary medicinal product Choramphenicol was found in an investigation.

Veterinary medicines in shrimp tails

The recall affects the frozen product "King-Prawns, shrimp tails" of the "Natur" variety, the "Gourmet Fruits de Mer" brand, with the best-before date of 03/01/2022. According to the information, the best-before date is on the side of the folding box.

"The veterinary medicinal product Choramphenicol was detected in the course of an investigation," the company wrote in a press release that the Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety published on its portal "".

"A health impairment cannot be ruled out with certainty," it continues.

According to the notification, the product was delivered to the federal states of Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Thuringia, and parts of Brandenburg, Hesse, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt and can be found in the nearest Aldi Nord branch be returned.

Drug can cause life-threatening anemia

As the Bavarian State Office for Health and Food Safety (LGL) explains on its website, chloramphenicol (CAP) is a very effective and inexpensive antibiotic. It is still used in animal production in many countries, especially in fish and other aquatic animals.

In the EU, this medicinal product has not been used in animals used in food production since 1994, because in rare cases this substance can cause life-threatening aplastic anemia (anemia) in humans.

However, it is still permitted for other animals, for example pets. (ad)

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