Whether Kaufland, Aldi or other supermarkets, discounters and Co. – the number of recalls from these and other companies has increased in the last year. And even by a full ten percent.
But why is it that more and more food, cosmetics and the like are being recalled? Is the quality getting worse or are there other reasons? Doctor Viktoria Wagner and Thomas Bühler explained this in an interview with this editorial team. The two are experts in food safety at the service provider “Ecolab”.
Kaufland, Aldi and Co.: That’s why there are more recalls
Last year there were 311 alerts. 259 of these alone related to food. Compared to 2021, this is an increase of almost ten percent. It goes without saying that the alarm bells are ringing for many a customer. After all, the trend for years has been that the number of callbacks is increasing, as Viktoria Wagner and Thomas Bühler also confirm to this editorial team.
The trend? Still increasing. But why is that? And do customers have to worry now? According to Wagner and Bühler, the answer is obvious: the fact that more and more food and other products are being recalled is simply because there are better and better ways of determining whether something is wrong with the products. Especially with regard to bacteria and co. Even the smallest impurities could be detected. And so the hit rate is also higher than it was a few years ago.
This is why food was recalled in 2022:
- 35 percent due to microbiological contamination
- 24 percent because limit values were exceeded
- 14 percent because of foreign bodies
- 11 percent because of prohibited ingredients
- 11 percent because of allergens
- 6 percent other
In addition, the two experts emphasize that in recent years the permissible maximum amounts of harmful compounds have been lowered more and more.
So it is hardly surprising that most foods have been recalled because, for example, salmonella, E-Coli bacteria or mold and other viruses could be detected. But there is another reason. Manufacturers outside Europe usually have shorter transition periods and non-uniform limit values or approvals – that would also lead to recalls.
And another fact plays an important role: making recalls public is increasingly seen as a positive signal. They are intended to show that companies act responsibly and take a close look.