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Seaweed from Korea recalled for health issues

On Friday, the food importer Panasia recalled dried seaweed leaves from Korea, which found the iodine content to be too high. According to the company spokeswoman, there are no serious dangers.

Throw away or send back The food importer Panasia from Oberursel, Hesse, called back on Friday a batch of dried seaweed leaves from Korea with too high an iodine content. Specifically, these are the 56-gram “Dashima Konbu” packs from ASSI with the item number 10450 and the best-before date of April 16, 2014. The import company said: “All customers are advised not to consume the product.” It it is recommended to throw away the goods or send them back. On the company website it says: "Of course you will receive the replacement goods from us free of charge or a corresponding credit for the next invoice."

Delivered to 17 restaurants and grocery stores According to a company spokeswoman, the product was delivered to 17 restaurants and Asian grocery stores in North Rhine-Westphalia, Hesse and Baden-Württemberg. If you boil the dried seaweed leaves as usual to give soup flavor, there are no serious dangers, according to the spokeswoman. Panasia, however, announced that eating dried kelp may affect thyroid function. The import company can be reached if you have any questions at +43 (0) 2162 200 40.

Higher iodine content than in almost all other foods The high iodine load in the product was determined by official inspectors in Mannheim. Iodine is generally used by the body to control bone formation and metabolism, but high concentrations of it can damage the thyroid gland. If there is already an overactive thyroid, increased iodine intake should be avoided. In a leaflet, the Berlin Federal Institute for Risk Assessment names half a milligram of iodine per day as the highest reasonable iodine intake. Dashima (Korean) or Konbu (Japanese) is edible seaweed, which is widely used in the kitchen in Northeast Asia. In comparison to almost all other foods, even compared to other edible algae, Dashima has a much higher iodine content. (ad)

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