Following a report by consumer rights group Foodwatch, Qatar’s Ministry of Economy and Commerce has revealed that sample of the popular chocolate brand Kinder have been sent for testing to Ministry of Health’s central lab. Foodwatch revealed in its report that one of the ingredients in Kinder chocolates is Mineral Oil Aromatic Hydrocarbons (MOAH).
Depending on the reports of the tests, the Ministry will decide whether the products in question would be declared safe for consumption or taken off shelves out of safety concerns.
The Ministry had announced the decision of testing samples via its Twitter account. Concerned consumers have called on the Ministry to accelerate its investigations and make the result public as soon as possible. Some people on social media also expressed their fears by pointing out that if well-known brands contain carcinogenic ingredients the case with lesser known companies can’t be any better.
Many social media users also demanded that the GCC alert center for food and medicine matters should be activated.
As of now Kinder Riegel bars, one of the flagship products of Ferrero, have not been taken off shelves in Qatar. The future depends on the results of the Ministry’s investigation into the matter.