Important recall: Cooking pot releases toxins into the food

Important recall: Cooking pot releases toxins into the food

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Health hazard: excessive nickel release from this saucepan

The Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety and the manufacturer SSW Stolze Stahl Waren GmbH are currently warning of a saucepan that has been on sale in various stores and online shops across Germany for a long period of time. The affected pot releases harmful amounts of the heavy metal nickel into the food during cooking. The use of the saucepan should be discontinued immediately.

Affected is the "Black / black enamel saucepan with glass lid" from the "BLACK TIGER" series from the manufacturer SSW Stolze Stahl Waren with batch numbers 190206 and 190408, barcode number 4 001856 0198125 and article number 122216. The pot was produced in China and distributed nationwide from August 2019 March 2020.

Pot releases harmful amounts of nickel

According to the Federal Office's warning, the pot can release up to 0.137 milligrams of nickel per kilogram of food. This exceeds the maximum allowable limit of nickel. This amount can endanger human health. The manufacturer and the Federal Office recommend ceasing use.

Points of sale unclear

Affected pots can be returned at the respective points of sale for a refund of the purchase price, even without proof of purchase, the manufacturer states. Unfortunately, SSW Stolze Stahl does not explicitly mention goods where the pots were sold. The pots of the "BLACK TIGER" series are available at Amazon, Netto-Online, Real and at the furniture store Höffner, among others. The notice does not indicate whether the articles affected by the recall are among them.

What are the dangers of excessive nickel absorption?

The Bavarian State Office for Health and Food Safety points out that permanently excessive amounts of ingested nickel can lead to changes in sex hormones, reduced fertility or even damage to the offspring. In addition, nickel and nickel compounds are suspected of being carcinogenic. (vb)

Author and source information

This text corresponds to the requirements of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.

Graduate editor (FH) Volker Blasek


  • Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety: recall of Black Tiger saucepan (published: March 24th, 2020),
  • Bavarian State Office for Health and Food Safety: Nickel (accessed: March 25, 2020),

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