Polish health authorities have ordered recall of more than 230 thousand tons of pickles, bread and other food suspected of containing industrial salt.
The withdrawn foods include vegetables that are preserved in salts, like pickles, sauerkraut and beets as well as some baked goods such as sausages and breads.
Reports of industrial salt, intended for deicing roads in winter, sold to food producers prompted authorities to open a criminal investigation and arrest five people.
Poland’s Chief Sanitary Inspectorate has confirmed that industrial salt had indeed found its way into Polish food products but highlighted that there are “no serious health risks”.
“The salt would only pose a threat to health in the case of a large intake,” said Malgorzata Stodolniak, head of the inspectorate’s Department of Food Hygiene and Nutrition in the western Lubuskie region.