Back in September 2020, the Department of Consumer Protection and Food Safety of Germany published a notice that the exorbitant content of glycidyl ethers and 3MCPD was detected in Russian-made wafer cakes, DairyNews.ru reports.
The agency warns that the "Alyonka" wafer cake, which is supplied to the market in Germany and other European countries, is hazardous to health, since it contains genotoxic carcinogens - the concentration of glycidyl ethers in it is 1.3 mg/kg, and 3MCPD - 3.7 mg/kg. A similar message was posted on the website of the European Emergency Notification System for Food Quality (RASFF). As you know, "Alyonka" cake has been exported to 7 EU countries: Germany, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, Sweden and Portugal. Now it is withdrawn from sale.
The "Alyonka" cakes are supplied to the European market by the "Monolith" company, but the "Alyonka" brand itself belongs to the "United Confectioners". Monolit has already issued a press release in German confirming the danger of Alenka and urging consumers to return the goods, and articles have appeared in German media reporting on the dangers of Russian-made wafer cakes that can cause cancer and genetic mutations.
The popular telegram channel Kstati writes about this:
“You will be surprised, but we will talk again about the glorious Soviet past and how it turned out to be successfully profiled. Every Russian knows the "Alyonka" brand, whose products are the pride of any resident of a great and mighty country. But today we will disappoint you: the other day the "Alyonka" cake was removed from sale in retail chains of seven European countries at once. Forever and ever. Due to the non-compliance with the safety standards.
In general, this is a reason to hide your eyes because of shame. In 2020 alone, several dozen names of confectionery products from Russia were thrown out of retail chains in Europe. The reason is still the same - the mismatch of standards. In the EU, glycidyl ethers in food products should not exceed 1 mg/kg, while in our country, even 9-15 mg/kg can be calm. Because Russian confectioners use the cheapest fats produced by "Efko" - palm oil of such quality that in Europe it is considered not edible. They have little choice: Efko is the largest supplier of fats for the food industry.
The problem could be solved by implementing the same rules as in Europe. But the fat and oil industry has acquired good lobbyists in the Eurasian Economic Commission and is hindering the implementation of the new technical regulations in the EAEU countries. Perhaps the most significant figure in the oil lobby is the Belarusian politician Viktor Nazarenko, Minister for Technical Regulation of the Eurasian Economic Commission. And, a close friend of the owner and chairman of the board of directors of the company "Efko" - Valery Kustov. You and I don't have such friends-politicians. Therefore, we “enjoy” products based on life-threatening palm oil. And in Russia, a latent epidemic of oncological diseases continues: 300 thousand deaths from cancer per year and, according to the general opinion of a number of public organizations, 100 thousand deaths - due to the one and a half year delay in the introduction of standards by Mr. Nazarenko.
This situation is so annoying to everyone that public organizations in Russia and Belarus are already tired of persuading the Eurasian Economic Commission to accelerate. This fall, the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry joined the general chorus, sending an official request to the EAEC to complete the case as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, the European Union is planning to get rid of a whole list of Russian goods, because carcinogenic substances are a harsh reality. And the situation is becoming more and more similar to the imposition of sanctions against the Russian food industry. Therefore, everyone will fall under analysis - and those who do not use "Efko" fats - too..."
It's also funny that the famous Alyonka chocolate, which has been made in the USSR since 1965, is named after Yelena, the daughter of the cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova...