Important spice recall: toxins in oregano

Important spice recall: toxins in oregano

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Nationwide oregano recall

The Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety and a large spice manufacturer that offers its products nationwide and in online trade warn of an oregano product in circulation that could contain toxic substances. The affected product will be recalled and should no longer be consumed.

It is the product "Fuchs Professional Oregano rubbed" in a 250 gram bag. The manufacturer of the product is the Fuchs Foodservice. The affected articles can be identified by the lot number "9176CA" and the minimum semi-permanent date at the end of 2023.

The oregano should no longer be consumed

For reasons of preventive consumer protection and in coordination with the responsible authorities, Fuchs Foodservice will recall the article mentioned above. In controls, a high content of pyrrolizidine alkaloids was discovered in the oregano. The oregano should no longer be consumed, but brought back to the respective shop.

What are the dangers of pyrrolizidine alkaloids?

According to the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PA) are natural ingredients that plants form as a defense against predators. They have a health-damaging potential and are undesirable in foods. According to the BfR, the liver in particular is affected by PA. With small doses, damage only occurs over a longer period of time. Large doses can lead to occlusion of the liver veins and liver necrosis. Animal experiments have also shown a mutagenic and cancer-promoting effect.

Sales locations are not known

Fuchs Foodservice is currently not disclosing exactly where the affected products were sold. Among other things, Fuchs products are sold at Rewe, Amazon and in an in-house online store. It is unclear whether the affected articles were also distributed there. (vb)

Author and source information

This text corresponds to the requirements of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.

Graduate editor (FH) Volker Blasek


  • Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety: Fuchs Oregano recall (published: January 17th, 2020),
  • Federal Institute for Risk Assessment: Pyrrolizidine alkaloid content in dried and frozen spices and herbs too high (accessed: January 17, 2020),

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