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French supermarket recalls basmati rice over toxins

The precautionary recall concerns 1kg bags of Carrefour’s own-brand basmati rice

15 January 2021
A bowl of white rice. French supermarket recalls basmati rice over toxinsThe recalled bags of rice may contain ochratixin A, which can be dangerous if consumed in large quantities
By Joanna York

Supermarket chain Carrefour is recalling bags of basmati rice over fears that they may contain significant quantities of a toxin knows as ochratixin A.

The affected 1kg bags have the following EAN number: 3560070837984, with a best-before date of 01/07/22.

Customers who have bought the products are advised not to eat the rice, and to return the bags to a Carrefour shop, where they will be reimbursed.


Low health risk from toxin

In a statement, the company said: “Ochratixin A is a mycotoxin produced by microscopic fungi […] and is naturally present in numerous plant products around the world such as cereals, grains, coffee, cacao and dried fruit.”

“Only consumption of a large quantity of contaminated products can lead to health problems.”

A dedicated helpline is open to queries on 09 69 39 7000, from 8:30-19:00, Monday-Saturday. 

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