Food recalls in EU – Week 46/2015


This week on the EU RASFF (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed) we can find the following notifications:

1. Alerts followed by a recall from consumers:

2. Information for attention/for follow up followed by a recall from consumers:

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

4. Seizures:


5. Border rejections:

  • abnormal smell of and dead mites and dead insects, in black pepper husk from India
  • absence of health certificate(s) for mirin (rice wine) from China
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 23.76; Tot. = 47.04 µg/kg – ppb) in dried figs and in shelled hazelnuts (Tot. = 43.6 µg/kg – ppb) from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 31; Tot. = 34 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachio kernels from the United States and from Iran (B1 = 32.7; Tot. = 34.7 µg/kg – ppb)
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 52.5; Tot. = 57.6 µg/kg – ppb) in chilli powder from India
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 7.7; Tot. = 8.3 µg/kg – ppb) in cheese flavoured snacks from the Philippines
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 8.8; Tot. = 8.8 µg/kg – ppb) in chia seeds from Paraguay
  • chlorpyrifos (0.35 mg/kg – ppm) in olives in brine from Egypt
  • FCM (Food Contact Materials): migration of chromium (34.1 mg/kg – ppm) and of manganese (66.6 mg/kg – ppm) from blades for food preparation from Brazil
  • FCM (Food Contact Materials): migration of nickel (0.37 mg/kg – ppm) from chromium-coated steel grill for microwave from China, via Hong Kong
  • formetanate (0.334 mg/kg – ppm) in peppers from Turkey
  • fosthiazate (0.044 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh peppers from Turkey
  • fraudulent health certificate(s) for frozen clams from South Korea
  • mercury (0.95 mg/kg – ppm) in chilled grouper (Epinephelus guaza) from Tunisia
  • methomyl (0.095 mg/kg – ppm) and dimethoate (0.082 mg/kg – ppm) in yardlong beans (Vigna unguiculata) from the Dominican Republic
  • poor temperature control of frozen octopus (Octopus vulgaris) from Mauritania
  • procymidone (1.6 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh garlic stems from China
  • propamocarb (0.22 mg/kg – ppm) and fluopicolide (0.034 mg/kg – ppm) in peas (Pisum sativum) from Kenya
  • Salmonella (in 1 out of 5 samples /25g) in betel leaves from India
  • spoilage of chilled bananas, pineapples, lemons and avocados from Ecuador infested with moulds
  • too high content of sulphite (3556 mg/kg – ppm) in dried apricots from Turkey
  • unauthorised substance carbendazim (0.34 mg/kg – ppm) in oolong tea from China
  • unauthorised use of colour E 110 – Sunset Yellow FCF in various flavour noodles from the Philippines.

FDA – Gluten Free Labelling Compliance Requirements Proposed Rule


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a proposed rule to establish requirements for fermented and hydrolyzed foods, or foods that contain fermented or hydrolyzed ingredients, and bear the “gluten-free” claim. The proposed rule, titled “Gluten-Free Labeling of Fermented or Hydrolyzed Foods”, pertains to foods such as yogurt, sauerkraut, pickles, cheese, green olives, vinegar, and FDA regulated beers.

In 2013, the FDA issued the gluten-free final rule, which addressed the uncertainty in interpreting the results of current gluten test methods for fermented and hydrolyzed foods in terms of intact gluten.  Due to this uncertainty, the FDA has issued this proposed rule to provide alternative means for the agency to verify compliance for fermented or hydrolyzed foods labeled “gluten-free” based on records that are made and kept by the manufacturer.

The proposed rule, when finalized, would require these manufacturers to make and keep records demonstrating assurance that:

  • The food meets the requirements of the gluten-free food labeling final rule prior to fermentation or hydrolysis
  • The manufacturer has adequately evaluated its process for any potential gluten cross-contact
  • Where a potential for gluten cross-contact has been identified, the manufacturer has implemented measures to prevent the introduction of gluten into the food during the manufacturing process

Distilled foods such as distilled vinegars are also included in the proposed rule. Distillation is a purification process that separates volatile components from non-volatile components such as proteins.  Thus, when properly done, gluten should not be present in distilled foods. The proposed rule states that FDA would evaluate compliance of distilled foods by verifying the absence of protein (including gluten) using scientifically valid analytical methods that can detect the presence of protein or protein fragments in the distilled food.

The FDA is accepting public comments beginning Wednesday, November 18 (closing date February 2nd, 2016). To electronically submit comments to the docket, visit and type docket number “FDA-2014-N-1021” in the search box.

To submit comments to the docket by mail, use the following address. Be sure to include docket number “FDA-2014-N-1021” on each page of your written comments.

Division of Dockets Management
Food and Drug Administration
5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061
Rockville, MD 20852

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