This week on the RASFF database (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed) we find three recalls from consumers in EU, between the alert notifications:
– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in cream cheese, following company’s own check. Origin and notification from Denmark, distributed also to Austria, Germany, Japan, Norway and Poland.
– Foreign bodies (paracetamol 500mg with codein tablet) in ice cream cones, following a consumer complaint. Origin and notification from the United Kingdom, distributed also to Ireland. That’s case it’s quite strange, and I’m sure you have all read of it on the newspapers, probably the cause is a sabotage from an unhappy worker…here a link to a press release.
Between the alert notifications, followed by a withdrawal from the market of the product:
– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in raw cow milk cheese, following company’s own check. Origin and notification from France, distributed also to Netherlands.
– Pathogenic micro-organisms: too high count of Escherichia coli in live mussels, following company’s own check. Origin and notification from France, distributed also to Spain.
Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, Salmonella spp. in paan leaves and in curry leaves from India, absence of health certificate in peanut biscuits from India and in almonds in shell from the United States, unshelled chestnuts from Algeria (via Tunisia) and red raisins from China infested with insects, an attempt attempt to illegally import frozen boneless beef from Uruguay, aflatoxins in dried figs and in dried fruit mix from Turkey, malathion and carbendazim in fresh peppers from Turkey, methidathion in pomelo from China and histamine in frozen pre-cooked skipjack tuna loins and flakes from Vietnam.
For food contact material we have border rejections for migration of chromium from dies for meat grinder from Hong Kong and from stainless steel kitchen knives from China (via Hong Kong), too high level of overall migration from plastic dishes from Bosnia and Herzegovina and inner coating peeling off from baking pans from China.