Stiftung Warentest: Harmful mineral oil components in meat substitutes

Stiftung Warentest: Harmful mineral oil components in meat substitutes

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Stiftung Warentest: Some veggie products are contaminated
Vegetarian schnitzel and sausages have experienced a real boom in recent years. Not only vegetarians use meat substitutes. The Stiftung Warentest has now taken a closer look at various such products. According to the experts, the conclusion is "mixed."

Veggie products market is booming
Surveys show that fewer and fewer people eat meat. Instead, many of them use meat substitutes made from tofu, seitan, quorn, wheat gluten and the like. Such vegetarian alternatives have experienced a real boom in recent years, according to experts, the market share of meatless foods continues to increase. The Stiftung Warentest has now tested some meat substitute products. The test result is mixed.

Mineral oil components in meat substitutes
According to the testers, they took a closer look at eight veggie sausages and six veggie cutlets and meatballs. "They searched for animal DNA and pollutants, checked how much protein and fat the products contain and whether additives play a role," says "".

Six of the 20 meat substitute products did well. However, not all veggie products were convincing. Five sausages and a schnitzel were "with high amounts of mineral oil components". Almost all products contained additives, especially thickeners.

Several products have convinced
"The test result is mixed," write the experts. Accordingly, there were enough convincing candidates who are a good alternative to their carnal role models and even resemble them in taste and consistency. However, many products can get even better: “Some veggie varieties tasted dry, were difficult to chew, or were very salty. Nor are they lower in calories per se than comparable meat products. ”The meat taste of sausages, meatballs and schnitzel was not a must during the tasting. If that succeeded, there were extra points.

Five sausages and one schnitzel heavily loaded
Most critical find: five sausages and a schnitzel were contaminated with high amounts of mineral oil components. According to the information, the testers found in an otherwise “good” vegetarian cutlet one of the highest levels of so-called “mosh” compounds (mineral oil hydrocarbons) that they had ever measured in food. The affected schnitzel therefore failed with "poor".

A few months ago, the consumer magazine "Öko-Test" also examined 22 products for vegetarians and vegans and found that many meat substitute products are often insufficient.

No limit values ​​for Mosh connections
The European Food Safety Authority Efsa classifies Mosh (Mineral oil saturated hydrocarbons) as "potentially worrying". Some compounds can accumulate in human organs. So far there is no limit for Mosh. According to the testers, they can get into the products using white oil, which is approved as an auxiliary in production, among other things.

The test winner was the bratwurst and the "Schnitzel meat-free" from "Valess" (both 2.0). Also "good" were the "Bratmaxe Veggie-Griller" from Meica (2.2), "Vegetarian Meatball" from Rügenwalder Mühle (2.3), the "Vegan Soybean Schnitzel" from Edeka Bio + Vegan (2.4) as well as the "Like meatball vegetarian" by Heirler (2.5). (ad)

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