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Food recalls in EU – Week 49

9 December 2013
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This week on the RASFF database (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed) we don’t have any recalls from consumers in EU, between the alert notifications.

Between the information for attention, followed by a recall from the consumers:

- Allergens: too high content of gluten in sweet corn flour, following an official control on the market. Origin and notification from Poland.

Between the alert notifications, followed by a withdrawal from the market of the product:

Pathogenic micro-organisms: foodborne outbreak suspected caused by chilled mussels, following a consumer complaint. Origin from Ireland and Netherlands, notification from United Kingdom, distributed also to Austria, Czech Republic and France;

- Biocontaminants: histamine in canned sardines in olive oil, following a company’s own check. Origin Morocco, notification from France;

Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in chilled herring fillets in oil, following company’s own check. Origin Netherlands, notification from France;

- Allergens: undeclared soya in fine poultry pate, following an official control on the market. Origin Poland, notification from Czech Republic;

- Heavy metals: lead in food supplement, following an official control on the market. Origin Austria, notification from Slovenia.

- Heavy metals: mercury in frozen sliced blue shark, following an official control on the market. Origin Spain, notification from Italy.

In Switzerland we have also a seizure of green papaya from Thailand for presence of unauthorised genetically modified organism, following a border control.

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, aflatoxins in peanut kernels and in blanched groundnuts from China, in pistachio kernels from Afghanistan (via Turkey), in organic ginger from India and in dried figs from Turkey, Salmonella poona in fresh water spinach from Sri Lanka, suspicion of fraudulent health certificate for almonds from the United States (via Turkey), absence of health certificate for graviola powder, cat’s claw powder and Chanca Piedra powder from Peru, for chicken and chive rice crackers declared as wheat crackers from China and for fresh okra from India , poor hygienic state of soft and spelt wheat from Armenia, unsuitable organoleptic characteristics and poor hygienic state of bananas from Colombia, dimethoate and hexaconazole in fresh mint from Morocco, buprofezin, triazophos, acetamiprid and fipronil and unauthorised substance isocarbophos in green tea from China.

For food contact material we have a border rejection for migration of cadmium from plates from China.

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