Food Recalls in EU – Week 35

This week on the RASFF database (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed) we can find two recalls from consumers in EU between the alert notifications:

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in oak smoked salmon, following company’s own check. Origin United Kingdom, distributed also in Italy and Zimbabwe.

– Packaging defective: risk of breakage of bottles containing ginger beer, cola and dandelion and burdock soft drinks, following consumer complaint. Origin United Kingdom, distribute also to Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Russia, Slovenia and Sweden.

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

Heavy metals: mercury in frozen swordfish, following an official control on the market. Origin Portugal, notification from Germany.

Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella group B in chicken kebab, following an official control on the market. Origin Poland, distributed also to Italy.

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in cow milk cheese, following an official control on the market. Origin France, distributed also to Belgium, French Polynesia and Germany.

Composition: unauthorised colours Sudan 1 and Sudan 2 in powder seasoning, following company’s own check. Origin Senegal, notification from the Netherlands, distributed also to Belgium, Finland, Germay, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom.

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, Salmonella Heidelberg in frozen poultry meat from Brazil, unauthorised placing on the market (Sida cordifolia, Rauwolfia serpentina) of and unauthorised novel food ingredient Mucuna pruriens in food supplement from India, E 425 – konjac unauthorised in jelly candies from Vietnam, unauthorised genetically modified organic rice protein powder from China, aflatoxins in pistachios from Turkey and Iran, and in groundnuts from Brazil, acetamiprid and imidacloprid in tea from Morocco, spoilage of pasta and inshell peanuts from China infested with moulds.

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