They are 200 milliliters of concentrated lemon juice, bottled in a round yellow plastic container with a green cap and a multicolored label that does not appear to contain sulfites. Earlier this month, the Spanish Agency for Consumer Affairs, Food Safety and Nutrition (Aesan) alerted of the undeclared presence of this preservative in the bottle.
The product, of the brand Piacelli Citrilemon, is manufactured in Italy and distributed to Belgium, Albania, Bulgaria, Brazil, Canada, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Germany, Estonia, France, United Kingdom, Georgia, Equatorial Guinea, Hong Kong, Ireland , Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Malta, Maldives, Malaysia, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Poland, Romania, Suriname, the United States, South Africa and Spain, which enters through Catalonia.
It was the health authorities of Germany who sent a notification to the Spanish through the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed of the European Union, the RASFF, and the competent authorities of the Autonomous Communities have already been informed. According Spanish legislation Y European Regarding the labeling of allergens, it is mandatory that they appear in the food information of the products that contain them.
"As a precautionary measure, we recommend those consumers allergic to sulfites that could have the aforementioned product in their homes to abstain from consuming it," warns Aesan. Sulfites, chemical derivatives of sulfur, are used as food preservatives to prevent the proliferation of bacteria and mold, in people with allergies can cause diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, rashes, redness of the skin, cough or dizziness. In extreme cases, as in other allergies, it can cause anaphylactic shock, a failure in several organs.