Amaizin Product Recall

We have received the following recall notice from Amaizin (DO-IT Organic) which affects the following products with a best before date of between 13/08/2022 – 05/03/2023

66189 – Amaizin Organic Natural Corn Chips – 150g

476987 – Amaizin Organic Natural Corn Chips – 250g

477207 – Amaizin Organic Tomato Corn Rolls – 100g

66190 – Amaizin Organic Nacho Corn Chips – 150g

They are also recalling the following products for the same reason however we do not stock these:

Amaizin Organic Tortilla Chips Paprika – 75g – 13/08/2022 – 05/03/2023

Amaizin Organic Tortilla Chips Chilli– 75g – 13/08/2022 – 05/03/2023

Amaizin Organic Tortilla Chips Natural – 75g – 13/08/2022 – 05/03/2023

The reason for the recall is owing to the presence of tropane alkaloids:

‘This substance is naturally present in a weed that grows on organic corn fields and is released when the seeds of this weed break. When harvesting the organic corn, some of the seeds of this weed ended up in the corn flour that was used for our organic tortilla chips.’ – DO-IT Organic

Should you still have any of this product please destroy the goods – DO NOT EAT – we will be able to process a refund for you. You do not need to return the goods. Please contact us to arrange a refund.

We apologise for any inconvenience this action may cause.

FAQ:

Why was the precautionary recall issued?

The recall is made due to the presence of atropine and scopolamine in the product. This is a precautionary measure. The product complies with current EU legislation, but if consumption of the product exceeds moderate levels the daily reference dose of atropine and scopolamine can be exceeded.

What are atropine and scopolamine?

Atropine and scopolamine are organic compounds naturally occurring in plants that can be detected in corn fields. Atropine and scopolamine can be found in all products containing organic corn flour, for example chips and tortillas.

There are no limits for atropine and scopolamine in corn chips in EU legislation.

Is there a health risk?

No, there is no health risk when consumed in moderation. There are no atropine and scopolamine limits for corn chips in EU legislation.

What effects can excessive consumption of atropine and scopolamine cause?

There are no long-term health risks. According to European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) atropine and scopolamine might cause the following temporary symptoms: nausea, dizziness and headaches, if the levels exceed daily reference dose (0.016 micrograms / kg bodyweight).

Has anyone come to harm?

No, we are not aware of any cases.

How did atropine and scopolamine end up in our products?

Atropine and scopolamine are organic compounds naturally occurring in plants that can be detected in corn fields. Atropine and scopolamine can be found in all products containing organic corn flour, for example chips and tortillas.

The elevated atropine and scopolamine levels have been identified only in organic corn. Also conventional corn has been tested in 2021 and 2022 and no levels of atropine and scopolamine has been found.

We are not aware of problems related to atropine and scopolamine previously. Our organic corn supplier has tested the raw material 2 times / year and the results obtained have been below 5 ppb. (parts per billion)

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