The Finnish Food Authority (Ruokavirasto) found no relationship between sweets and reports of disease.
At the end of May the agency became aware of consumers experiencing various symptoms, allegedly after eating Vidal Dipper XL Raspberry chewing a toffee bar. Rashes, stomach aches, diarrhea and headaches are the most reported symptoms.
The Finnish Food Authority asks importers and retailers to stop selling products and advises consumers not to eat them. However, the results of various analyzes found that the product complies with regulations because there were no discrepancies. In June, the agency adopted all measures to limit the sale of sweets.
No explanation was found between the symptoms experienced and the product. Some of those who feel sick have eaten a lot of sweets. This product makes your tongue blue and is popular with young people through videos on the TikTok application.
More than 100 reports of disease but testing all clear
The city food control authority received 134 reports from people who have symptoms and the Finnish Food Authority received 25 reports, but consumers may have reported the problem to both agencies. The number of bars eaten does not seem to be directly related to the number or severity of symptoms.
The Raspberry XL Vidal Dipper chewing test was conducted by the Finnish Customs Laboratory. The stems are examined for the concentration of Brilliant Blue food coloring (E133), heavy metals, and substances that cause allergies or intolerances such as milk, lactose, gluten and soy and bacteria. The use of Brilliant Blue in sugar stores is permitted and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has established a safe daily intake. In tests, the amount of food coloring does not exceed the limit.
Spanish manufacturer, Vidal Golosinas SA, also tested and found no problems. The company is based in Molina de Segura, Murcia but is present in 90 countries.
“The product was found safe in all our tests and the authorities have also confirmed it is safe. We are committed to product safety in all situations. We went through a process to get confirmation from the authorities that it is safe to sell, “the company statement said.
The candy bars involved are mostly sold in food stores. The single bar has no labels in Finnish and Swedish, but the outer package has mandatory food information in both languages. In many stores, bars are not sold in their outer packaging, but as a single bar.
Seven people reported that they ate more than 10 sticks at a time and one person ate more than 30 sticks. Sixteen eat five to 10 sticks, 22 have two to five sticks and 15 have one to two sticks. In 31 cases, the number of stems reported being eaten reached half or only one stem. In 31 other cases there was no information about the number of bars eaten.
The Finnish Food Authority reminds people that sweets in large quantities are not part of a varied, balanced, and moderate diet.
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