Food recalls in EU – Week 20/2015

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:

Allergens: undeclared gluten (111.5; 746 mg/kg – ppm) in gluten free crisps from Ireland, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Ireland, distributed also to United Kingdom;

– Foreign bodies: metal pieces in potato salad from the United Kingdom, following company’s own check. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Ireland;

– Foreign bodies: dead mouse in unsalted organic crunchy peanut butter from the Netherlands, following a consumer complaint. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Ireland, Norway and Spain;

– Foreign bodies: plastic fragments (1 <–> 2 cm) in frozen gluten and wheat free chicken goujons from the Netherlands, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Ireland;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: norovirus (presence/25g) in frozen blueberries from Chile, following an official control on the market. Notified by France, distributed also to Belgium and Luxembourg;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella spp. (presence/25g) in raw milk camembert from France, following company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to Germany, Poland and Sweden.

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

– Foreign bodies: metal pieces in carrot & swede mash from the United Kingdom, following company’s own check. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Gibraltar;

– FCM (Food Contact Materials): colour migration from plastic bowls from China, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Greece, distributed also to Bulgaria, Cyprus, Kosovo, Romania and Macedonia.

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

– Allergens: undeclared egg in cod burger from the Netherlands, following a food poisoning. Notified by Sweden;

– FCM (Food Contact Materials): migration of cadmium (0.52 mg/item) and of lead (4.0 mg/item) from glass mugs from China, following an official control on the market. Notified from Poland, distributed also to Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia;

Food poisoning suspected to be caused by organic quinoa flake from Bolivia, packaged in Denmark. Notified from Norway;

– Mycotoxins: ochratoxin A (6.4 – 40 µg/kg – ppb) in buckwheat flour from France, following company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to Belgium.

4. Seizures:

In Denmark we had a seizure of chopped hazelnuts from Turkey for aflatoxins (B1 = 9; Tot. = 26 µg/kg – ppb).

5. Border rejections:

  • absence of health certificate(s) for curry leaves from India and for seaweed instant rice noodles from Thailand, dispatched from Hong Kong
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 14.3; Tot. = 18.2 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnut kernels and in nutmegs (B1 = 36.7; Tot. = 38.1 µg/kg – ppb) from India
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 18.7 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios from Iran
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 24.0; Tot. = 26.3 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachio nuts from the United States
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 9; Tot. = 26 µg/kg – ppb) in chopped hazelnuts from Turkey
  • chlorpyrifos (0.36 mg/kg – ppm) and fenitrothion (0.05 mg/kg – ppm) in olives in brine from Egypt
  • chlorpyrifos-methyl (0.606 mg/kg – ppm) and lambda-cyhalothrin (0.273 mg/kg – ppm) in sweet peppers from Turkey
  • diazinon (0.023 mg/kg – ppm) and fenitrothion (0.06 mg/kg – ppm) in olives in brine from Egypt
  • dried headless trevally (Carangidae) from Vietnam infested with moulds
  • poor temperature control (between -7.9 and -12.8 °C) of frozen common octopus (Octopus vulgaris) from Mauritania
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in frozen boneless skinless spiced half turkey breasts from Brazil
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in sesame seeds from India
  • Salmonella Stanley (2 out 3 samples /25g) in dried black fungus from Vietnam
  • unauthorised irradiation of extract of red rice from China
  • unauthorised novel food ingredient Phellinus linteus in food supplement from the United States
  • unauthorised substance carbaryl (1.73 mg/kg – ppm) in beans from Madagascar
  • unauthorised substance carbendazim (0.024 mg/kg – ppm) in dried lentils from Turkey
  • unauthorised substance carbendazim (0.06 mg/kg – ppm) in basmati rice from India

3 thoughts on “Food recalls in EU – Week 20/2015

  1. Hi Cesare,   Do you know if any organization is looking at monitoring issues with producers misrepresenting olive oils?   Have you thought of including such a section to your Food recalls blog/newsletter?  Or, politically too much of a hot potato?   Thanks, Dolores Smith The Olivar Corp    

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    1. Hi, I am not aware of such a systematic work and for sure in Italy the industry and the institutions are not doing enough to tackle frauds plague in extra virgin olive oil sector. All the sanitary problems linked to oil and reported by RASFF you can find in my weekly recap, but mislabelling is not covered by the scope of RASFF. These cases are handled by the EU Food fraud network or by national police or competent authorities. Moreover I don’t have time to monitor and publish everything: any attempt to do this on my blog will be very partial.

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