Barilla, Bertolli & Co.: This is why you should avoid these pestos in the future
The result: none of the pestos in the test obtained a “very good” or “good” rating. Two products can at least obtain the “satisfactory” rating, including an organic pesto: Das Organic Ppura Genovese Pesto as well as that Buitoni pesto basil.
Although mineral oil components are also greatly increased in these products, both are free of plasticizers and pesticides. Another six pestos are enough. Three pestos fail with the “poor” rating, nine fail the test as “insufficient”.
Among the big losers who get 6 are also well-known and popular brands:
- Alnatura Organic Green Pesto
- Barilla pesto with sponge cake
- Bertolli Green Pesto (Unilever)
- From Cecco I Sughi Pesto alla Genovese
The popular Barilla Pesto contains 10 different pesticides, softeners, added flavorings and significantly increased mineral oil components.
> To the detailed test report at ÖKO-TEST
Warentest & VKI Foundation
Our Austrian neighbors also tested the popular Barilla pesto. Here the pesto cuts “medium”, but in the test of the Austrians, unlike Germany, there are only five points instead of six. In terms of ingredients, Barilla pesto was also negative in this lab test. In addition to pollutants, the experts have also discovered a trick: To save money, cheap substitutes are used in pesto, for example. For example, olive oil is replaced by cheaper sunflower oil, an undefined type of cheese is mixed in place of real parmesan and pecorino, or the pine nuts typical of the recipe are replaced by cheaper cashews. For example, Barilla’s product contains no pine nuts.