The Ministry of Health is recalling several batches of pasta withdrawn for contamination by chloroethanol and ethylene oxide.
An increasing number of food recalls are being carried out by supermarket chains that, through random testing or alerts by the Consumers’ Association, realize that certain foods are dangerous. This time it was the turn of some batches of fava bean and lentil pasta. Chloroethanol is a gas, usually used to sterilize and sanitize medical and surgical devices. Its use is permitted in India, but it is forbidden for food production in the European Union. The same goes for ethylene oxide, a chemical that is highly carcinogenic to humans. Its purpose is to slow down the growth of bacteria, molds and viruses on the product as much as possible.