Food recalls in EU – Week 21 – 2014

This week on the RASFF database (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed) we have two recalls from consumers in EU in the information for follow up and border rejection notifications:

Foreign bodies: metal fragments in grill meat, following company’s own check. Origin Austria, distributed also to Germany. Information for follow up;

Residues of veterinary medicinal products: residue level above MRL for oxytetracycline in frozen shrimps, following a border control. Origin Vietnam, notified by Germany.  Border rejection.

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

Allergens: undeclared soya in canned beans with spicy sausage, following an official control on the market. Origin Hungary, notified by Slovakia;

– Heavy metals: arsenic and mercury in frozen shark steak, following an official control on the market. Origin Suriname, notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Germany and Norway;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella Spp. in poultry sausage (chipolata), following company’s own check. Origin France, notified by France, distributed also to Germany;

 – Heavy metals: mercury in frozen slices of blue shark, following an official control on the market. Origin Spain, notified by Italy.

Amongst border rejections we have Salmonella spp. in frozen spiced turkey breasts and frozen poultry meat preparations from Brazil and in paan leaves from Bangladesh, shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in frozen lamb meat, lamb chops and mutton legs from New Zealand, norovirus in frozen cooked whole white clams from Vietnam, aflatoxins in pistachio nuts without shell from Turkey, in peanuts kernels from the United States, in blanched groundnut kernels from China and in blanched peanut halves from Argentina. Undeclared colour E 102 – tartrazine and unauthorised use of colour E 127 – erythrosine in fruit juices from the Philippines, unauthorised irradiation of Cassia nomame extract from China, unauthorised substance yohimbine, synephrine, 1,3 dimethylamylamine (DMAA) and methylsynephrine in food supplements from the United States, prohibited substance nitrofuran (metabolite) furazolidone (AOZ) in frozen raw peeled prawns from India, unauthorised novel food ingredient zeolite in zeolite from the United States, rodent excrements in various food products and attempt to illegally import paan leaves from Bangladesh, missing import declaration for pomelos from China, poor temperature control of frozen mullet roe from Mauritania and of frozen hake from Namibia, omethoate  in beans with pod from Cambodia and formetanate in fresh peppers from Turkey.

For feed, we don’t have any relevant notification this week.

For food contact materials we have an information for attention notification, followed by a recall from consumers:

Migration of primary aromatic amines and too high level of overall migration from plastic ladles, following an official control on the market. Origin China, notified by Cyprus.

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Food recalls in EU – Week 48

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

– Allergens: undeclared nuts in pesto sauce (pesto verde), following company’s own check. Origin and notification from Italy, distributed also to United Kingdom;

 Composition: unauthorised 1,3 dimethylamylamine (DMAA) in food supplement, following an official control on the market. Origin United States, notification from Spain, distributed also to Netherlands.

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

– Non pathogenic micro-organisms: mould infestation in lemon dressing, following an official control on the market. Origin and notification from Spain, distributed also to Guinea;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella Spp. in ham onion salami, following company’s own check. Origin and notification from Germany;

– Food additives and flavourings: unauthorised use of colour E 102 – tartrazine in yellow noodles, following an official control on the market. Origin Thailand, notification from Cyprus.

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

– Pesticides residues: dimethoate in mango, following an official control on the market. Origin Thailand, notification from France, distributed also to Italy;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in chilled speck, following company’s own check. Origin Italy, notification from France;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in chilled chili sausage, following an official control on the market. Origin and notification from Poland, distributed also to United Kingdom;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in onion flavoured meat spread, following a company’s own check. Origin and notification from Poland, distributed also to United Kingdom;

– Mycotoxins: Ochratoxin A in dried figs, following an official control on the market. Origin Turkey (via Slovakia), notification from Austria;

Heavy metals: mercury in food supplement, following an official control on the market. Origin India (via Italy), notification from Slovenia.

In Spain we have also a seizure of frozen swordfish from Mozambique for presence of mercury, following an official control on the market.

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, Salmonella spp. in frozen cooked clams (Meretrix spp) and frozen Venus clams from Vietnam, Salmonella Weltevreden in fresh centella (Centella asiatica) from Sri Lanka, aflatoxins in pistachio nuts from Turkey and in groundnuts from Egypt, shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in frozen boneless bovine meat from Brazil, missing import declaration for curry leaves from India, unauthorised substance carbofuran in pomelo from China, unauthorised novel food ingredient Terminalia chebulain in sugar syrup and Phyllanthus emblica in gooseberry sugar syrup from Pakistan, unauthorised substance dichlorvos in brown beans from Nigeria, dead insects and live insects in dried figs from Turkey infested with larvae of insects.

For food contact material we have border rejections for migration of nickel from stainless coffee makers from India, migration of chromium and of manganese from kitchen utensils from China, too high level of overall migration from gloves in latex/nitril from Malaysia and  from plastic cups from China, migration of chromium and of  manganese and too high level of overall migration from steel knive from Brazil and migration of formaldehyde and of melamine  from melamine tableware sets from China.