In March 2022, the magazine 60 million consumers informed customers of the dangers of a product sold in stores. The product in question was not supposed to contain palm oil, but its label said it did.
A misleading indication
Despite manufacturers’ vigilance, some products reach shelves with certain flaws. These can present a hazard to the consumer. On the other hand, an error in the information provided on the label can also mislead the consumer. What constitutes a serious danger in case of allergy.
Fortunately, many associations organizations exist to inform the French. Among them is the magazine 60 million consumers. As soon as there is confusion, the latter does not hesitate to share the information. This was particularly the case in March 2022. The magazine’s journalists detected a product containing a harmful substance and published it on the Web.
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It was Primevère brand margarine. In fact, this product had to be free of palm oil. Upon verification, this was not the case. On the front of the label was marked “No palm oil”. However, looking at the back of the product, it says otherwise. confusing information. Thus, 60 million consumers have sounded the alarm.
” Look for the mistake ! The mention “palm oil free” is shown in large on the tray, but we can read on the back “contains palm oil”. With or without palm oil? Primevère explains that it is a misprint and warrant that this margarine does not contain any. products On the shelf. Which leaves the consumer confused,” the magazine published on its site.
This false information on the packaging obviously upset many Internet users who complained.
“And one less consumer! I will not buy more. What a shame ! “, “Not in vain, for 2 years, what is false has become true and what is true has become false. One more example of ‘without’ but ‘with’”, reads the post’s comment bar.
It wasn’t the only time
If Primrose margarine could be seen by 60 million consumers, it is not obviously it is not the only product marketed with a false label. Many of them are for sale on store shelves. For this reason, the magazine invites consumers to be cautious before buying, it is always necessary to check carefully, and in case of contradiction, it is better not to take.
For information, the false sale is punishable by law. those who practice He can be sentenced to two years in prison and a fine of 300,000 euros. Sanctions that are reinforced if the deception harms the health of consumers (up to 7 years in prison and a fine of 750,000 euros).
about palm oil
Present in many products, palm oil is indeed a calamity. Not only is it bad for your health, but it is also bad for the environment. Indeed, as the WWF association explains, oil cultivation is disastrous for the planet. It favors the emission of greenhouse gases and leads to a loss of biodiversity.
It is also better not to consume too much. The reason is that it contains a high level of fatty acids (35% more fatty acids than olive oil). Fatty acids that can cause heart problems and strokes.
While labeling errors are common, in some cases it can be a mistake. Reason why the dealers have launched an operation to inform customers. This operation is called “product recall”.
The number of recalled products continues to increase every day in France. Therefore, to keep consumers informed, the government has designed a site that lists all products affected by a recall. This is the Rappel Conso site that was launched in April 2021 by the General Directorate of Competition, Consumption and Fraud Prevention (DGCCRF).