The Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition (aesan), which depends on the Ministry of Consumption, has issued a new alert for the presence of an undeclared ingredient in some well-known cereals sold in Spanish supermarkets and that can cause health problems for consumers who have intolerance. The affected food is bulgur, a cereal that has gained popularity in Spain in recent years for its interesting nutritional properties.
Specifically, the alert is related to the presence of wheat not included in the Ziné brand bulgur label. Wheat is an ingredient whose inclusion in a product must be reflected in the list of ingredients in a mandatory way, since it can cause serious health problems in people who suffer from gluten intolerance and celiac disease.
Bulgur naturally contains gluten and is not recommended for celiacs, but certain consumers may prefer it as they tolerate it better than conventional wheat, and the presence of this ingredient would harm them. As explained in Cocinillas, this cereal is made “by cooking the soft wheat grains in water and stirring constantly so that they cook evenly and slowly.”
Next, when the cooked wheat grains are dry, “they are pounded to break them into pieces, the bran is removed and they are sieved to group the resulting pieces according to their size. They are left to dry for a few more days and the bulgur is ready, which can be thick, fine or very fine depending on its size”. The most famous dish made from bulgur wheat is he tabouleh.
According to Aesan, the notice has been notified by Belgian health authorities, and transferred through the European Food Alert Network (RASFF). Full product details are listed below. Product name: Bulgur Grof Bruin (thick brown bulgur). Mark: ALL4TRADE – Ziné. Preferential consumption date: 10/2022. Packaging type: Plastic bag. Weight: 800 grams.