The Romanian division of French food and drinks group Danone has recalled batches of fruit yoghurt containing the thickening agent guar gum following investigations by EU food safety institutions into possible dioxin contamination.
In a statement, Danone said: “In accordance with the EU Comission recommendation, immediately when the European alert was launched, Danone took actions for stopping the use of fruit preparation manufactured with suspected guar gum, and analysing several batches of finished goods already manufactured.
“The quantity of product identified as in connection with the European alert was traced and is now secured, under the control of sanitary-veterinary authorities, in a Danone warehouse and in several points in the distribution network,” the statement continued.
Danone said that the results of the analyses already performed had shown the products were compliant with the maximum residual limits indicated in the Regulation CE 1881/2006. An official sampling was also performed, and those samples have been sent to a European reference laboratory. The results of those tests will most probably be available by the beginning of next week, the company said.
Danone further stated that none of its products on the market presents any risk to consumers and all conform to the regulation.