Optamit GmbH is recalling the “Bamboo Camper Cup” product. According to the company, increased levels of formaldehyde were detected in the cup. (Image: Daniel Ernst / stock.adobe.com)
Increase in formaldehyde values: reminder for wells
Optamit GmbH of Cologne has launched a recall for the product “Bamboo Camper Cup”. According to the company, increased levels of formaldehyde have been found in product testing. Formaldehyde is harmful to health and can cause cancer.
Optamit GmbH from Cologne recalls the article “Bamboo Camper Cup”, orange from EcoSouLife. Increased levels of formaldehyde were detected in the cup.
Return of cups
According to a customer notice published by the Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) on its portal “foodwarnung.de”, the product was sold until October 5, 2020. Customers can exchange the cup against a refund of the selling price of 8.49 euros or against another item in one of the company’s branches.
Use of the cup is not recommended
Formaldehyde “can be hazardous to health, so continuing to use the cup is not recommended,” the company writes. As the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) explains on its website, the effect of formaldehyde on human health has been evaluated by many national and international bodies on the basis of extensive scientific data.
Years ago this substance was classified as ‘may cause cancer’ by the EU. “Substances that can cause cancer or increase the incidence of cancer are classified as carcinogens,” says UBA.
According to experts, rats that repeatedly inhaled high concentrations of the substance developed tumors in the nasal cavity during their lifetime. In addition, scientific studies that have examined the effects of high levels of formaldehyde exposure in the workplace have shown that more cases of nasal cavity and nasopharyngeal cancer than (without formaldehyde) were expected in those exposed. later in their life.
In addition to the effect on the mucous membranes when inhaled, higher concentrations of formaldehyde in the ambient air can also have an irritating effect on the eyes. (a d)
Author and source information
This text complies with the requirements of specialized medical literature, medical directives and current studies and has been verified by health professionals.
Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety: Commodity Warning Details, (accessed October 18, 2020), food warning.delebensmittelwarnung.de: customer notice of Optamit GmbH, (accessed October 18, 2020) 2020), Lebensmittelwarnung.de Federal Environment Agency: formaldehyde, (accessed October 18, 2020), Federal Environment Agency
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