From my point of view – wrong. Here the BfR has approached the issue from completely the wrong direction, using not the coated aluminium trays that are specifically available and recommended for acidic foodstuffs, but instead has deliberately used uncoated trays, thus arriving at a result that is ultimately irrelevant.
Q & A Dr. Nehring
The Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung (BfR, German Institute for Risk Assessment)) has issued a warning that meals prepared in uncoated aluminium menu trays may contain high levels of aluminium. Right or wrong?
Has the BfR deliberately tested an inappropriate form of use and ignored the warnings printed on the products?
But it is conceivable that in stressful situations – in a school canteen, for example – people may overlook the warnings on the aluminium trays: is their improper use not a distinct possibility?
So, do the BfR’s measurement results apply only under very improbable circum-stances?
To what extent?
How realistic is the scenario used in the BfR test in practice?
Are you accusing the BfR testers of deliberately choosing test foods to yield results that are as poor as possible?
Not ony supermarket customers and consumers who buy convenience meals in alu-minium trays, but also caterers and other institutional users and canteens are now highly unsettled by this report. What would you like to tell these people?
What’s the situation regarding the use of aluminium grilling trays to cook food on barbecues?
What more can you tell us to help us understand the problems with aluminium and the ways in which aluminium finds its way into food?
Which other sources of aluminium are there for the human body?
What should consumers bear in mind to be on the safe side?
And so, how do you sum up the results of the BfR’s tests?