If you have tubs of Häagen-Dazs ice cream at home, it will be necessary to check your freezer.

The American group General Mills will voluntarily recall four batches of its vanilla ice cream, which it markets in France, after detecting traces of ethylene oxide, a carcinogenic pesticide banned in Europe.

“Following the detection of traces of ethylene oxide (ETO) in batches of certain Häagen-Dazs products, General Mills has decided to proceed with a voluntary and preventive recall of its Vanilla ice creams sold in France”, l one of its flagship fragrances, the agri-food giant announced on Wednesday.

Many points of sale concerned

At the origin of this withdrawal, he mentions “traces of ETO (which) can be attributed to an ingredient (vanilla extract) supplied by one of our suppliers.

The residual presence of ETO slightly exceeds the analytical detection thresholds”.

"Given this information, the following products are subject to an immediate recall": vanilla ice creams in 460 ml and 650 ml formats, in small 95 ml pots, and those sold in boxes of four in the range Vanilla Collection, whose minimum durability date runs from this Wednesday to May 21, 2023.

Many distributors are concerned: among them, Auchan, Carrefour, Casino, Cora Franprix, Intermarché, Leclerc or Monoprix, the list also includes the shops of the Häagen-Dazs glacier in France.

“People who have purchased any of these products are asked to throw it away and contact General Mills,” the group said.

The consumer service will answer the questions of the users concerned at the following free toll number: 08 00 33 32 31.

An alert only on the vanilla flavor

"Häagen-Dazs does not use ETO in its products, and the products comply with all food safety regulations and stringent standards in all markets where we operate," the company further asserted. company, which returns the responsibility to its supplier.

"No other Häagen-Dazs products are affected," according to General Mills, which apologizes to its customers and consumers for the "inconvenience caused by this recall."

A refund will be offered.

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