Report reveals foods that you should avoid
Coldiretti — the leading Italian agricultural organization — recently presented findings from a detailed study at the International Forum on Agriculture and Food in Cernobbio, Italy. The investigation concerned potentially dangerous foods with particular attention being paid to chemical residues, dioxins, heavy metals, additives and other microbiological pollutants that may make certain foodstuffs risky.
The study performed by Coldiretti has resulted in the publication of a "blacklist" containing foods that could pose dangers. Before reading the list, it's important to note that the investigation tends to support foodstuffs originating from local and ecologically sustainable sources.
Here are some of the foods highlighted in the report with reasons given for their inclusion in the blacklist...
1. Fish from Spain
Increased levels of heavy metals such as mercury and cadmium have been detected in fish imported from Spain.
2. Dietary and vitamin supplements from the United States
These supplements are classified as novel food.
3. Peanuts from China
Peanuts from China contain excessive amounts of aflatoxins.
4. Peppers from Turkey
Use of pesticides far exceeds the limits allowed.
5. Pistachios from Iran
As with peanuts from China, there are too many aflatoxins in Iranian pistachios.
6. Dried figs from Turkey
It's those aflatoxins again.
7. Chicken from Poland
Polish chicken has increased exposure to microbiological contaminants (such as salmonella).
These products have also been highlighted for having excessive aflatoxin levels:
8. Hazelnuts from Turkey
9. Peanuts from the United States
10. Pistachios from Turkey
11. Chili from India
The blacklist also contained the following food:
12. Dried apricot from Turkey
Sulfite levels in Turkish dried apricots are over the permitted limit.
13. Nutmeg from Indonesia
Again, excessive aflatoxin levels are the culprit here.
14. Chicken from the Netherlands
Like in Poland, there's an increased risk of microbiological contamination.
As you can see, many products on the blacklist are really common in our kitchens. As consumers, we should always keep recommendations from authorities in mind and remember to look at labels to see where our food is coming from. A more conscious consumer is a healthier consumer.