Sweets, cookies ... Warning of nanoparticles on our plates

As small as they are discreet, food particles have taken over supermarket shelves, unbeknownst to us, they even find their way into candy bags and the milk in baby bottles.Number of additives, such as flavor enhancers or colorings or anti-caking agents today take the form of tiny mineral or metallic powders (10,000 times smaller than a grain of salt, therefore invisible to the naked eye), the exact nature of which is kept secret by the food industry.enlightened.

So to get information, consumers must rely on civic associations, one of which, Agir pour l'environnement, has had four major brand products analyzed by the National Metrology and Testing Laboratory (LNE).Conclusion, all contain nanoparticles: silica dioxide in the Carrefour "Guacamole spice blend" and titanium dioxide in the Lu "Napolitain signature chocolate" cookies, "Malabar tutti flavor" chewing gum (two products from American giant Mondelez) and William Saurin canned veal blanquette.

This revelation is a first in France, where omerta reigns on this subject.However, the list of products suspected of containing these substances (authorized but subject to caution) could be longer.Last year, in Australia, the International NGO Friends of the Earth had already denounced their presence in 14 flagship products, including M & M's sweets, Mentos, Eclipse and Skittles, also sold in France.

So what interest do these mysterious powders represent for manufacturers? When reduced to the atomic scale, materials acquire new properties.A touch of nanotitanium dioxide is enough to give an immaculate whiteness to creams or to make candies and frostings shine.creamy sauces.

Posted Date: 2021-02-03

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