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Food recalls in EU – Week 50

16 December 2013
Listeria

This week on the RASFF database (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed) we have four recalls from consumers in EU, between the alert notifications.

- Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in cheese, following company’s own check. Origin France, notification from Luxembourg, distributed also to Austria, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom;

- Mycotoxins: aflatoxins in blanched groundnuts, following an official control on the market. Origin China (via Netherlands), notification from Malta;

- Pathogenic micro-organisms: shigatoxin producing Escherichia Coli in chilled beef carpaccio, following an official control on the market. Origin Italy, notification from Germany;

- Foreign bodies: piece of plexiglass in frozen red cabbage (with apple), following a consumer complaint. Origin and notification from Belgium, distributed also to Luxembourg.

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

- Pesticide residues: didecyldimethylammonium chloride (DDAC) in baby food, following a border inspection and consignment release. Origin Morocco, notification from Norway.

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

- Heavy metals: mercury in chilled swordfish loins, following an official control on the market. Origin Spain, notification from Italy.

In Belgium we have also a seizure of strawberries from Egypt for presence of residues of pyridalyl, following a border control.

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, Salmonella spp. in paan leaves from Bangladesh and India and in frozen poultry meat preparations from Brazil, Salmonella Heidelberg in frozen salted chicken breast fillets from Brazil, propargite in stuffed vine leaves with rice from Lebanon, absence of health certificate for roasted groundnuts from India, aflatoxins in dried figs and in organic hazelnuts from Turkey, in peanuts, groundnuts, groundnuts kernels and groundnuts in shell from China, flubendiamide in fresh mint from Morocco, unauthorised placing on the market of bracken (Pteridium aquilinum) from China, too high content of E 200 – sorbic acid in dried pitted prunes from Argentina, too high content of sulphite in dried apricots from Turkey, red raisins from China infested with larvae of insects, unauthorised irradiation of food supplements from Russia, poor temperature control of frozen shrimps from Argentina, prohibited substance chloramphenicol in frozen crayfish from China, poor temperature control – rupture of the cold chain – of frozen squids from South Korea, buprofezin, pyridaben, acetamiprid and imidacloprid in tea from China, buprofezin and triazophos in black tea from Hong Kong and aflatoxins and fumonisins in maize from Egypt.

For food contact material we have a notification of information for follow-up, followed by a recall from consumers, for deterioration of organoleptic characteristics of food in contact with and colour migration from silicone ice cube moulds, following an official control on the market. Origin (via) Netherlands, notification from Germany, distributed also to Austria and Belgium.

We have also border rejections for migration of chromium from potatoes slicers with stainless steel blades from China, absence of health certificate for kitchen utensils from China, via the United States, and too high level of overall migration from plastic dishes from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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