At first glance, the remaining 18 products appear to be impeccable in terms of appearance, smell, taste and mouthfeel.
However, the testers are annoyed that they are more or less contaminated with mineral oil components and only award a good two-thirds of the products an overall rating of “poor” or “inadequate”. But where do the mineral oils come from? ÖKO-TEST suspects that they could get into the vegan cold cuts from lubricants for plastic casings.
In addition to too much salt and added natural flavorings, with the exception of the test winner and the six organic products, they also criticize the fact that the thickening agent carrageen is used in the cold cuts. The substance obtained from red algae is suspected of triggering inflammation in the intestines and is therefore controversial.
You can read the detailed test report with all winners and losers for a fee at ÖKO-TEST.