Holle’s statement about the foodwatch publication from December 2017: “foodwatch analysis: arsenic in rice wafers and rice porridges for babies”

Rice is a valuable foodstuff and an integral part of a balanced diet for babies. In a statement from August 4, 2015, the BfR (Federal Institute for Risk Assessment) describes rice as “a valuable foodstuff which contains numerous important nutrients such as proteins, vitamins, minerals and fibres. Due to its gluten-free nature, rice is also a suitable alternative to gluten-containing grains for people suffering from gluten intolerance.” The DGE (German Nutrition Society) recommends to feed babies with wholegrain products: “Wholegrain cereals are the first choice, because they are satisfying and they contain more vitamins, minerals and fibres than white flour products.”

Inorganic arsenic is naturally found in the ground and in water, from where it is absorbed by plants. It is also found in the outer layers of the rice grain, which are particularly rich in nutrients.

We at Holle believe in the value of wholegrain. The wholegrain products that we offer comply with all legal requirements and limit values. This also applies to our Holle Organic Rice Porridge. We attach utmost importance to the selection of suitable raw materials.

According to EU regulation 2015/1006, the threshold for inorganic arsenic in raw materials used for the production of weaning food is 0.1 mg/kg. This value includes a high safety margin. We thoroughly measure the arsenic content in every single batch of raw materials, and we further process it only if the value is below the maximum threshold. This way we can guarantee that all our products comply with the legal regulations.

Processing rice grains to flakes leads to a slight concentration of the arsenic content, which might result in measurements of up to 0.115mg/kg in the finished product, which is still in compliance with the law.

We at Holle are convinced of the nutritional value of rice. What we think matters most is a wholesome, nutritious and balanced diet for babies and small children. We share this conviction with the BfR, which, in its statement from August 4, 2015, recommends to keep feeding rice as part of a mixed and balanced diet, because of its many health-promoting properties.

Foodwatch is comparing the arsenic content in various porridges. However, this comparison does not take into account whether the porridge is made from white rice or wholegrain rice. It would have been appropriate to consider and assess this aspect as well – a matter of journalistic diligence and professionalism.

Holle Organic Rice Porridge is a safe product that complies with the legal regulations. Due to its wholegrain component, it plays a major role in a healthy and balanced diet for babies and small children.


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From 14 – 17 February Nuremberg's exhibition centre will be devoted to all things organic. The international organic sector will be coming together for the world trade fair for organic products. The BIOFACH show is both an important business event and an emotional industry happening, serving as a meeting place for suppliers and decision makers in manufacturing and retail as well as an opportunity for positioning. Together with the Vivaness show, the leading exhibition for natural cosmetics and well-being, it attracts a highly qualified, international audience year after year.
We look forward to four eventful days at the exhibition. Visit us at Stand 517 in Hall 7.
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Interesting facts about the packaging of Holle Pouches

The Holle Pouchy range: the spill-proof snack is not only perfect  for young and old, it also comes in a  convenient pouch that meets the Holle high standard of product quality and environmental responsibility.

Our pouches are lightweight and break-proof. They are also ideal for small hands to grab ­and eat when out and about. They offer a healthy portion of fruit and vegetables – anywhere, anytime. The packaging consists of 4 thin layers (polyethylene terephthalate/aluminium/polyamide/polyethylene) and is structured in a way that preserves the superb quality of the purée even uncooled. All layers are free from bisphenol A. The aluminium layer guarantees high product safety by improving the barrier properties that protect against water vapour, oxygen and light. There is no direct contact between the aluminium layer and the purée. The swallow-proof closing cap consists of polyethylene and therefore can be directly recycled.

Pouches are more eco-friendly than glass.

Compared to glass, pouches cut down on CO2 emissions by 37% and save 27% more fossil resources, according to the IFEU Institute’s Europe-wide life cycle assessment of packaging for long-life foods.


Pouches require very little packaging material per gram of content. The “Deutsche Verpackungsverordnung” (German packaging regulation) therefore rates pouches as an “ecologically beneficial solution for disposable drink packaging”. Due to their low weight and low packaging volumes, they offer a whole range of advantages when it comes to transportation.  A truck can transport a lot more pouches than other packaging options, such as glass jars. A lot less transport space is required per ton of product, and a lot less fuel is consumed. Therefore, pouches are the ecological alternative.


Sustainability from the very beginning – The path to sustained commitment

The award “Nachhaltiges Engagement: Sehr stark” (Sustained commitment: Very strong), recently awarded to Holle by Focus-Money magazine, is proof that the company not only has a commitment to sustainability but is also perceived by consumers in the same way. In cooperation with its brand ‘Deutschland Test’ and Cologne-based analysis and consulting company ServiceValue, the news magazine posed the following question within the scope of a population-representative online consumer survey: “Seen from a consumer point of view, which companies or brands are ecologically, economically and socially responsible – in other words, who stands from sustainable commitment?” The survey looked at almost 1400 companies or brands from over 100 industries. Following this, just under 450 000 customer verdicts were evaluated. Holle baby food achieved second place in the “Baby food products” category – an excellent result. An in-house special publication detailing the findings of the consumer study has recently been published by Focus-Magazin (06/2017 issue).

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Perfect choice of raw materials and careful production

The “good” test rating both Holle products achieved is of course no coincidence. Early on in the production process, the agricultural raw materials we use for our products are strictly monitored and checked for contaminants. Any not qualified or unsuitable raw materials are rejected. Depending on factors such as the weather conditions needed for the cultivation of certain plants, we sometimes even have to change the countries of production at very short notice. Other priorities for our production are the careful and gentle processing of raw materials, and to produce flawless, contaminant-free products in best possible organic quality. No residues were found in our products in Öko-Test’s categories pesticides, glyphosate, chlormequat, mepiquat, ochratoxin A, and tropane alkaloids. No added sugar was detected. 

Öko-Test identifies minor deviations

Öko-Test wouldn’t be Öko-Test, had they not also detected minor deviations in our products. In both tested Holle products, minor traces of MOSH/POSH were found. These traces do not, however, exceed the legally defined limit, and they are completely harmless.

Unfortunately, the analytics used by Öko-Test do not differentiate between the two components MOSH and POSH. MOSH and POSH do, however, come from different sources, which makes it very difficult in this case to search for the cause. MOSH are contained in e.g. printing ink, but they are also general environmental contaminants, the traces of which are hardly avoidable anymore nowadays. Holle introduced numerous measures to keep MOSH/POSH at a very low level.

In addition, traces of inorganic arsenic were detected in Holle Organic Millet Porridge with Rice and Holle Organic Spelt porridge. These traces don’t exceed the legally defined threshold either, and both products pose no health risk whatsoever. These slightest traces of arsenic presumably stem from the rice contained in the porridge. Traces of inorganic arsenic are naturally present in all cereals, mainly though in rice, and are thus basically unavoidable. According to Öko-Test, Holle Organic Spelt Porridge contains 25% less vitamin B1 than stated in the declaration. The measured content, though, is of course still within the very strictly regulated legal range. Additions are difficult, as the raw materials’’ natural vitamin B1 content varies. Öko-Test’s downgrading here is not comprehensible at all.


To summarize, we can say that the high quality of Holle Organic Porridges is the result of carefully selected organic raw materials and a careful and gentle production process. This is reflected in the overall test result of the two products Holle Organic Millet Porridge with Rice and Holle Organic Spelt Porridge: Both products got the Öko-Test rating “good”.