Some silicone molds used in the kitchen release toxic substances and contaminate food, UFC-Que Choisir warns in its latest issue. The association calls, in a press release published on Thursday 1er In December, European authorities announced they were contacting the Directorate-General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Prevention (DGCCRF) to tighten the rules and provide more oversight.
The Federal Consumer Protection Agency conducted a survey of twenty-nine silicone molds sold in stores and online. Twenty-three of them “may contaminate food at very high levels or contain particularly harmful substances”he concludes. This can be a transfer “significantly accelerated in the presence of oil”adds the compound.
Another concern, “While we expect the amount of ingredients to decrease over time, we see the opposite effect with the Tupperware brand.”, wonders Olivier Andrault, UFC-Que Choisir’s food project manager. The third fire would release fifteen times as much substance as the first.
Nine molds to avoid
The association recommends avoiding nine references:
- Twelve Cake Boxes – Amazon Essentials
- Twenty four mini cake tins – AliExpress
- “IonEgg” for four mini cakes sold by two – Amazon
- Six Starflex mini pastries – Patisse
- Pan for six donuts – AliExpress
- Six Mini Cakes – Tupperware
- Eighteen mini muffins – Carrefour Home
- Unicorn Mold – Lily Cook
- “Mould Flex” for six cakes – De Buyer
“There we find it [entre autres] fragments of siloxanes, additional components, impurities of silicone production (…). The harmfulness of many of these compounds is still unknown.” is it explained “Some mussels release substances of particular concern that may cause cancer, genetic mutations, or damage to reproductive functions.”, still bothering the union. These ingredients are especially found in molds from the aforementioned Lily Cook and AliExpress brands, the UFC reports.
As a precaution, UFC-Que Choisir recommends using fourteen molds because even the migration of substances into food remains below the limit allowed in France, 60 mg/kg, their toxicology has not been studied or they contain undesirable substances in low doses. It includes Super Kitchen, Dr. Oetker, Shein, Liewood, Auchan, Flying Tiger, 5five, Action, Lékué, E.Leclerc, ScrapCooking, GiFi and La Pavoni.
However, it is still possible to find molds with very low substance transfer on the market and where “no unwanted molecules” Discovered by the Society for the Protection of Consumer Rights. This is the case with tested molds from brands HomEdge, Silikomart, Tefal, Mastrad and Ikea.
Call for stricter regulations
Considering the findings of the study, the association contacted the DGCCRF for enhanced surveillance of silicone molds sold to households. The association is also calling on European authorities to set stricter regulations on silicone cookware and to ban substances that are proven or suspected to be harmful.
In the absence of harmonic regulation Among the member states of the European Union, the UFC is worried about the circulation of products produced in countries where regulations are more relaxed than the French, and considers itself outdated. “French regulations are more than thirty years old and today they are particularly incomplete, in practice limiting themselves to setting maximum levels of emissions for all substances combined, while lower levels should be set for each of the most dangerous substances”, denounces the consumer association.