Food recall for salami, risk of blue foreign bodies

The Ministry of Healthin its function of monitoring products that put health at risk, has recalled a product. It is a cured meat, the Poltronieri salami.

The risks associated with consumption are different. The warning is not to consume it. However, there is not a rather common warning in these cases, i.e. the warning for supermarkets not to sell it or for customers to report it when purchasing. Unusual especially because the recalled salami presents pieces of blue plastic inside. The advice, in this case, is to speak to the supermarket where the purchase took place, because they may have information from the manufacturer and there is the possibility of a refund or exchange of goods.

Recall for Poltronieri salami: risk of presence of blue plastic

With the note of 27 May the Ministry of Health (also present ondedicated app) decided on the recall of a salami. It is a salami of the brand “Poltronieri salume sas”.

The manufacturer and the identification mark of the establishment is its own Poltronieri salume sas, specifically from the factory in via Molino di Sopra 6, Nogara near Verona. To better identify the type of product under recall, you can check the affected batch: 1924A.

The salami, which has a blue label, has “tastasal C/C” written on the packaging, which triggered the alarm due to the presence of plastic. In particular, it appears to be a blue plastic net, like the one used for fruit packaging, but with wider mesh. The presence triggered the alarm and concern for the health risk of consumers. The recall, scheduled for April 27, 2024 for the product with a long shelf life (June 20, 2024 to July 1, 2024), comes with a warning. The note states that the product must not be consumed.

Risks of ingesting plastic (even if for food use): what are they?

Eating plastic can lead to several e serious health risks, especially if ingested in large quantities. Among the risks most associated with the ingestion of plastic, as in the case of recalled salami, can be caused damage to the gastrointestinal tract. In fact, plastic can be sharp or abrasive and can damage the mucosa of the stomach and intestines, causing irritation, inflammation or injury.

There is also a real risk of suffocationespecially if the pieces of plastic are large enough to get stuck in the airways of children or pets.

Then there are the risks chemical toxicity, not always but almost connected to the accumulation in the body. In fact, plastic can contain a variety of harmful chemicals, such as bisphenols (like BPA) ei phthalateswhich are known to interfere with the human endocrine system and can cause health problems such as hormonal dysfunction and organ damage. Although the human body is capable of naturally excreting small quantities of plastic, ingestion (if regular) can lead toaccumulation of fragments of plastic in the body. The long-term consequences, beyond those reported above, are still unclear.