Terrifying Discovery – Spaghetti Brand Poison Alert

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by: Josephine Lenzo


At the beginning of 2021, Öko-Test compared different spaghetti brands. The experts made a shocking discovery: some pasta products contain toxic ingredients.

With Bolognese, tomato sauce or other dishes – spaghetti is one of the classic types of pasta. The word spaghetti means “lace” and comes from Italian. If you are looking for delicious spaghetti on the shelves of supermarkets and discounters, you now have a huge range. In addition to the “regular” variant, there are also whole grains, beans and other legumes. In addition, consumers can also opt for organic spaghetti. With all this enormous variety, one can rightly ask the question: which spaghetti brands are the best? An extensive analysis by Öko-Test provides the answer.

consumer magazine Eco-test
Product Spaghetti
number of brands 20

Noodles at Öko-Test: Half of spaghetti gets glyphosate

Öko-Test looked at 20 different spaghetti brands in 2021 and paid attention to their content. The conclusion is shocking: More than half of spaghetti brands contain traces of the controversial herbicide glyphosate. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classifies the pesticide as probable carcinogen to humans.

Also interesting: Click here for the current 2022 paste test from Öko-Test.

Why it may still be in food is due to a decision by the European Chemicals Agency (Echa). Because she does not share the opinion of the IARC and therefore does not advocate a ban. However, glyphosate can cause serious eye damage when applied in the field and is toxic to aquatic life, according to Echa.

Glyphosate has been found in some brands of spaghetti (symbolic photo). © photo alliance/Franziska Gabbert/dpa

But is there any danger in eating glyphosate-contaminated spaghetti? “First of all, the very low spore levels found here are not acutely dangerous. How much the people spraying the poison on the fields or living next door may have gotten is another question,” says Öko-Test, adding: “The widespread use of glyphosate also endangers biological diversity. It kills all plants, destroying the very basis of life for many insect and bird species – “total herbicide” is the name of such a drug in technical jargon.”

Öko-Test: Shocking Discovery – Toxic Ingredients in Spaghetti

In addition to glyphosate, the degradation product AMPA has been found in four other pasta products. This lasts longer in the soil, but is less toxic. The Öko-Test researchers also discovered contamination with mineral oil and contamination with a fungal poison.

Specifically, four brands of spaghetti have “somewhat elevated” levels of petroleum-saturated carbon. These can accumulate in organs and fatty tissue. Öko-Test cannot say for sure how the substances got into the paste. However, it is conceivable that lubricating oils could end up in the spaghetti during the manufacturing process.

The fungal toxin deoxynivalenol (DON) is the subject of complaints in two packs of paste. Öko-Test rates the levels as “increased”. “With one serving of these noodles, a person weighing 60 kilograms already consumes more than half of the tolerable daily intake,” according to the report. DON can interfere with the immune system and therefore should not be consumed.

Spaghetti in the Öko-Test 2021: these are the winners and losers in the pasta comparison

Evaluated on the basis of the defects found Öko-Test gave only eight spaghetti brands the highest rating of “very good”including all five organic brands. Two products faila few more are just mediocre.

Incidentally: In terms of taste and mouthfeel, all spaghetti can satisfy the sensory experts at Öko-Test. †Everything was more or less al dente, so ‘al dente’‘” the review said.

To the test winners include “Alnatura Spaghetti No. 3”, “Dennree Spaghetti”, “DmBio Spaghetti”, “D’Antelli Spaghetti” from Aldi Nord and “De Cecco Spaghetti N°12”. Another seven are generally rated “good”. As there would be, among others: “Barilla Spaghetti n.5” and “Buitoni Spaghetti 72”.

To the Pasta losers in Öko-Test include Edeka’s own brand (“poor”) and Penny’s own brand (“insufficient”). (gig)