chocolate? Always goes. It is all the more important that it tastes good and the quality is right. If not, threaten in the first case at least no bacon rolls – in the second case but possibly health hazards. Eco-test reveals where to be safely obtained.
No good news for milk chocolate lovers, as many of the tablets are contaminated with mineral oil, as Öko-Test finds out in the investigation of 25 corresponding products at prices between 0.49 and 2.19 euros. Only two products were not criticized by the testers in this regard. The Milk Chocolate from Dennree and Ritter Sport may already be expressly praised here.
Strong – or even greatly increased – levels of harmful substances were found in 15 chocolates. Saturated mineral oils (MOSH) accumulate in the body and can damage organs. But after all, the laboratory commissioned by Öko-Test has not detected any suspected MOAH compounds.
Lack of Transparency
Mineral oils can find their way into chocolate in various ways. For example, jute sacks used for the transport of cocoa beans, which are treated with oils, machine oils used in production or exhaust gases from industry and traffic. But also printing inks on waste paper packaging can be an entry point if such cartons are used in the transport or storage of the raw materials.
Now that is the only two test winners. For a total of "good" was the "Rapunzel dark whole milk, hand in hand" (2.19 euros) and the "Ritter Sport Alpine Milk" (0.65 euros) found. Both could convince not only in terms of taste, but also exclude child labor in the cocoa harvest as far as possible.
The test criteria for otherwise fair working conditions in cocoa production and transparency, however, did not look as good among the manufacturers. Only Rapunzel, Gepa and Dm were able to reveal their entire supply chain back to the cocoa farmers. Why is it? Unlike cocoa, not even certified goods (Fairtrade or UTZ) are automatically traceable. However, traceability is a basic requirement for consumers to even recognize human rights violations and illegal deforestation. At this point sweet-toothed people, who value sustainability, are largely left alone.
Five times bad, two times even worse
All that remains is to orientate oneself to the overall result. Which brings us to the "deficient" or even "inadequate" rated chocolates. Starting with the Dennree milk chocolate ("deficient"). Although it can convince with the ingredients, and the sensors are okay, but unfortunately not cocoa production and transparency. By contrast, Naturland's "Dm Organic Whole Milk Chocolate" has very high saturated mineral oils that are above the standard value. The same applies to the "Hachez Dark Whole Milk" (both "insufficient").
Because of at least greatly increased MOSH values and lousy transparency, the "Alpia Alpine Milk Chocolate", the "Lindt Whole Milk from Alpine Whole Milk", the "Milka Alpenmilch "and the" Princess Feodora Hochfeine Vollmilch "by the testers a" poor "missed.