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Oxamyl residues in watermelons from Aldi
The Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety and the discounter chain Aldi Nord warn of watermelons that were offered in certain branches. Pesticide residues have been found in the fruit. The affected goods should therefore never be consumed and will be called back.
The Aldi supplier "Catman North GmbH" calls back the article "Mini watermelons, class 1" with the identification number GGN 4052852232968. Residues of the plant protection product Oxamyl were detected in the goods. Consumption is strongly discouraged.
Where were the watermelons sold?
"The goods concerned were only traded in the ALDI companies Greven, Herten, Hesel, Lehrte-Sievershausen, Lingen, Radevormwald, Salzgitter and Weyhe," reports Aldi Nord in a customer information on the company's website. Goods from other producers and other articles from the supplier "Catman North GmbH" are not affected.
Money is refunded at Aldi
Anyone who has already bought the mini watermelons mentioned above should not eat them for reasons of preventive consumer protection. Instead, the affected articles can be returned to any Aldi Nord branch. The purchase price will be refunded there.
Possible health risks
Insecticides like Oxamyl can cause symptoms of intoxication if swallowed, inhaled, or absorbed through the skin. The concentration of pesticide residues is usually not high enough to cause poisoning, but exceeding the limit values should be taken seriously. Symptoms of insecticide poisoning include tears in the eyes, heart problems and shortness of breath. (vb)
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.
Graduate editor (FH) Volker Blasek
- Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety: Watermelon recall (published: June 10th, 2020), lebensmittelwarnung.de
- MSD Manual: Insecticide Poisoning (as of February 2019), msdmanuals.com