Mineral oil: Nestlé continues to sell contaminated baby milk powder

Mineral oil: Nestlé continues to sell contaminated baby milk powder

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Nestlé still sells baby milk powder with mineral oil residues

A few days ago, mineral oil was found in Nestlé baby milk powder. But the company continues to sell the goods. This is what Foodwatch points out. The consumer organization recommends not to continue feeding the contaminated products to babies.

Mineral oil residues in various foods have been repeatedly proven in recent years; for example in several mueslis, in the chocolate of advent calendars or in Ferrero's children's bars. A few days ago, Foodwatch reported that milk powder for Nestlé babies is contaminated with mineral oil that is hazardous to health. In a recent announcement, the consumer organization now points out that the company continues to sell the contaminated products.

Suspected mineral oil residues suspected of cancer

Although three independent laboratories have identified suspected mineral oil residues in Nestlé baby milk, the company continues to sell the products. Nestlé also asserts to parents that the milk powder is "absolutely safe" and that babies can continue to be fed with it. However, the manufacturer does not provide its own investigations or evidence for this statement. The Foodwatch consumer organization, which made the tests public last week, has criticized Nestlé's behavior as irresponsible.

According to Foodwatch, Nestlé has a duty to prove the safety of its infant milk using suitable analyzes and to immediately recall all products contaminated with mineral oil. However, the company has so far rejected this and instead invited Foodwatch to a personal “experts meeting” at Frankfurt Airport. The consumer organization criticized the invitation as a mere delay tactic to distract from its own responsibility.

“The largest food manufacturer in the world obviously has significant problems with the quality assurance of its baby food. But instead of immediately recalling baby products contaminated with mineral oil and warning parents, Nestlé is playing on time. We don't take part in this, ”explained Matthias Wolfschmidt, International Campaign Director of Foodwatch. "The problem with mineral oil contamination has been known for years, our independent laboratory results are on the table - Nestlé's behavior is as irresponsible as it is embarrassing. Instead of inviting foodwatch to confidential conversations at Frankfurt Airport, Nestlé must finally act! "

Contaminated products

Foodwatch released the results of three certified laboratories last week that independently tested baby milk for mineral oils using different analytical methods. Of four products purchased in Germany, three were contaminated with suspected aromatic mineral oil components (MOAH): two Nestlé products and a milk powder from Novalac. Only in one product - the Nestlé baby milk "Beba Optipro 3, 800g, from the 10th month" - no MOAH residues were detectable. Laboratory tests found suspected cancerous "aromatic mineral oils" (MOAH) in the following products:

  • Novalac infant formula PRE 400g; Batch number: A5952275; Best before date: 11.03.2020; Load with MOAH: 0.5 mg / kg
  • Nestlé BEBA OPTIPRO PRE 800 g from birth; Batch number: 91120346AA; Best before date: 10/2020; Load with MOAH: 3.0 mg / kg
  • Nestlé BEBA OPTIPRO 1,800 g from birth; Batch number: 9098080621; Best before date: 10/2020; Load with MOAH: 1.9 mg / kg

On its website, the consumer organization recommends not feeding the contaminated products to babies.

Even small residues should not be contained in food

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) draws attention to the potentially carcinogenic and genotoxic potential of aromatic mineral oils - which is why MOAH residues should not be contained in food even in the smallest quantities. The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) how mineral oil components can get into food:

“Printed newsprint is also used to make cardboard from recycled waste paper. Mineral oils are found in most commonly used newspaper inks. So far, these cannot be sufficiently removed in the recycling process and thus end up in food packaging made from recycled cardboard, ”writes the Federal Institute. Lubricants from food production plants, exhaust gases from harvesting machines or mineral oils that are used as lubricants or release agents in manufacturing and packaging processes are also possible reasons for mineral oil contamination. (ad)

Author and source information

This text corresponds to the specifications of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.


  • Foodwatch: Despite mineral oil discoveries: Nestlé sells contaminated infant milk and deceives parents, (accessed: October 31, 2019), Foodwatch
  • Foodwatch: Questions and answers on mineral oil in baby milk, (accessed: October 31, 2019), Foodwatch
  • Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR): Questions and Answers on mineral oil components in food, (accessed: October 31, 2019), Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR)

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