The EU’s Food Safety Authority states that the packaging ink detected in Nestlé’s liquid baby milk should not present food safety threat at the levels reported.
Italian food safety authorities have discovered that the Nestlé liquid baby milk may have been contaminated by a chemical used in the packaging.
Due to traces of packaging ink in the product, Nestlé has recalled its liquid baby milk from the supermarkets in Italy, France, Spain, Portugal and Greece.
Traces of packaging ink in the milk were noticed during a routine test for substances in an Italian laboratory, after which countries’ authorities started immediately to seize the milk from the market. Shortly after, the world’s biggest food and drink company Nestlé announced it recalled the milk, as a precautionary measure, in Italy, Spain, Portugal, France and Greece.
According to a Commission spokesman Philip Tod, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has determined that the chemical substance isopropylthioxanthone (ITX) should not present a toxic threat at the levels detected in the milk in Italy. “On the basis of the limited data available, the presence of ITX in food could be considered undesirable. However, it is not likely to present an immediate health risk at the levels reported,” he told Reuters.