Great taste, but questionable in terms of content: ÖKO-TEST tested fresh spaetzle and took a closer look at pesticide residues and mineral oil content in addition to the eggs. Well-known brands such as Edeka, Henglein and discounter products such as Lidl’s Chef Select are not convincing. In the video you can see the best spaetzle gadgets to make yourself.
Spaetzle is similar to pasta: you rarely make it yourself at home. After all, for good spaetzle you need the right utensils like one Spaetzle grater or one Spaetzle press. That is why many consumers choose fresh spaetzle from the refrigerated shelf. If you look at the ÖKO-TEST test results now, you might prefer to make spaetzle yourself in the future.
The consumer magazine tested 20 brands that offer fresh spaetzle from the refrigerated shelf. Including only one organic brand, as the range on offer in stores is very small. The result of the laboratory: In terms of taste, the spaetzle are well received by the professional testers. But 17 brands use barn eggs and male chicks had to die for all products. After all, according to manufacturer announcements, six of the tested products are to be switched to eggs without killing chicks by 2022.
Spaetzle at ÖKO-TEST: Only two products are rated “Very Good”
Only two of the 20 products tested received the rating “very good” from the testers:
- “Spätzlini Minis” from Hilcona
- “Fresh egg spaetzle” (organic) from Bio Verde
Nevertheless, the problem with the eggs should be considered: Even if they come from organic farming or free-range farming, male chicks still had to die here. If animal welfare is particularly important to you, it is better to make your own spaetzle.
After all, six other spaetzle products were rated “Good”. The deduction in the note is mainly due to the barn eggs used and the discovery of Traces of pesticides such as gylphosate, conditions.
Unfortunately, all products were given good grades as well Traces of mineral oil found. According to ÖKO-TEST, it is conceivable that the substance got into the spaetzle through lubricating grease on devices in production.
There are three products that consumers should not buy. These include “Dehlerhof Swabian Spätzle”, “Ulmer Fresh Noodle Spatz Schabte Spätzle” and “Our Home Fresh Egg Spätzle” from Edeka Südwest. In addition to traces of pesticides, some of the spaetzle contain too much salt. In the case of Dehlerhof’s spaetzle, the lack of transparency due to the lack of a declaration on how the eggs were kept was also criticized on the packaging.
Egg production in Germany
In Germany, and also in the entire European Union, the previous cage housing with less than one A4 sheet of space per laying hen has been banned since January 2012, but not much has changed in terms of species-appropriate housing. Instead of being kept in cages, so-called designed cage keeping or keeping in “small group cages” was introduced. The space for the laying hens has increased from 550 to 800 cm². There are still up to 60 hens in these “small group cages”. Although this keeping is only allowed until 2025, according to the Albert Schweizer Foundation, 5 percent of egg-laying hens in Germany still live in such cages.
Although keeping hens in a barn is better than keeping hens in cages, it does not guarantee animal welfare. In floor housing, up to nine animals usually live in one square meter of space in the barn. In addition, when the animals are kept on the floor, no entitlement to exercise in the open air is guaranteed.
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