Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Pesticide Found in Nestlé Cereal Made in Brazil

The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection warned today that Nestlé's Farinha Lactea toddler's cereal, imported from Brazil is mislabeled and also contains unacceptable levels of Pirimiphos-methyl, a pesticide used to fumigate grain.

Connecticut food inspectors first found the cereal at Mercearia Brasil, 107 Triangle Street, Danbury. The product was ordered removed from store shelves due to the absence of English labeling on the package. The Connecticut Agriculture Experiment Station Laboratory detected the pesticide as part of the state's routine examination of the mislabeled cereal.

No US standard exists for pirimiphos-methyl residues in foods, according to the CDCP, so the State is erring on the side of caution, and has taken the position that no amount of this pesticide is acceptable in a toddler cereal. 

Connecticut is cautioning consumers not to use the cereal. CDCP is now working to find out which stores stocked and sold the product, and will make this information available to consumers as soon as possible. We'll add the retail distribution list to this posting as soon as we receive it.


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