German-wide cardamom recall: Carcinogenic pesticides found in spice


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In almost all German federal states a spice was sold that has now been recalled by the distributor of the product. It contains pollutants.

Cardamom recall: Residues of pesticides and pesticides have been found in the dried cardamom (Thao Qua) of the Asia food wholesaler Schönwölkau. That’s why the company recalled the product . Affected is the batch, which can be kept until August 20, 2023 and has a net fill weight of 100 grams. The information can be found on the label, according to a press release from the company.

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Cardamom recall: Product was sold in almost all of Germany

However, the recall is not limited to just one state. Affected are:

  • Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
  • Brandenburg
  • Berlin
  • Saxony-Anhalt
  • Thuringia
  • Saxony
  • Hesse
  • Rhineland-Palatinate
  • Hanseatic City of Hamburg
  • Bavaria
  • North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Lower Saxony
  • Schleswig-Holstein

The product was offered in several wholesale and retail stores for Asian products and delivered to restaurants – also nationwide.

Pesticide and pesticide anthraquinone found

According to food wholesalers, the pesticide and pesticide anthraquinone found has carcinogenic potential – in other words, it can cause cancer and also damage health if consumed.

Consumers should return product

After the company had proven the agent, it said it immediately withdrew the product from the market. Consumers are asked to stop using the cardamom and send it back. The same is true for end users who purchased the product from the Asian grocery store. You should just return it there.

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Quick facts about cardamom

  • In the kitchen
    cardamom can be combined with various dishes and drinks, for example with coffee , tea , or with vegetables.
  • Nutrients
    Cardamom is an excellent source of nutrients such as iron , magnesium , potassium, and calcium.
  • In medicine,
    cardamom is used in traditional medicine as an antiseptic and an antioxidant.
  • In botany
    there are green and black cardamom, but it is also sold in capsules.
  • Other Effects
    Chewing cardamom is also said to help against bad breath

When should you avoid cardamom?

Cardamom can undoubtedly be called a super spice, but too much is counterproductive here too.
If you have gallstones , you should avoid cardamom.

Even in pregnancy , enjoyment is not advisable. In addition to cardamom, pregnant women should also avoid the spices cinnamon , ginger and cloves .

The reason for this is the high proportion of camphor . It warms the abdomen and promotes blood flow to the uterus so that early labor could be induced .

However, if you eat cinnamon rolls and gingerbread from time to time, you don’t need to worry. Only excessive consumption should be avoided.

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