Main component of many popular dishes or favorite accompaniment for many: rice is very popular around the world, especially in France. Indeed, the rice museum informs us that the consumption of rice by the French amounts to 2kg per year and per person!
If your menu for this week included rice soup or rice with white sauce, beware!Consumer recall informs of a voluntary recall of rice throughout France. The Franprix distributor alerted its consumers on Friday November 4 to the recall of a basmati rice due to too high aflatoxin content in this product.
Aflatoxins are tiny fungi, undetectable to the naked eye. They are found mainly in hot and humid regions of the globe, although global warming could cause the expansion of their area of implantation. These toxins can be found in nuts, peanuts, corn, and all types of dry foods, including the rice currently concerned, according to EFSA (European Food Safety Authority).
The ingestion rates of these fungi should be minimized as much as possible, which is why marketed foods are subject to regular tests and cannot exceed a plateau rate. Ingested in too high doses, some aflatoxins can indeed have serious consequences on your health. They can cause embryonic malformations in pregnant women and are carcinogenic.
First of all, you need to identify the references of the recalled product, to find out if your pantry is affected. Here they are :
Once the corrupted rice has been identified, it should not be consumed. Instead of throwing away the package directly, take it to the nearest Franprix branch to receive a refund.