Food recalls in EU – Week 24/2015

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: traces of gluten (presence) in variety of chocolate flavoured brownie cake bars from the United Kingdom, following company’s own check. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Ireland;

– Foreign bodies: plastic fragments in milk chocolate bar with whole hazelnuts from Poland, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Germany;

– Heavy metals: mercury (1.55 mg/kg – ppm) in chilled vacuum packed swordfish fillets (Xiphias gladius) from Spain, following an official control on the market. Notified by Italy, distributed also to Austria;

– Mycotoxins: fumonisins (6738.8; 10500 µg/kg – ppb) in corn meal from Portugal, following an official control on the market. Notified by Luxembourg;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella spp. (presence/25g) in food for enteral use for children from the Netherlands, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany;

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

– Foreign bodies: glass fragments in wine from South Africa, following company’s own check. Notified by Ireland;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Campylobacter jejuni (11 positive samples: 800, 100,400, 200, 300, 3100, 9200, 400, 700, 600, 300 CFU/g) in fresh chicken from the Netherlands, following an official control on the market. Notified by Denmark, distributed also to Germany.

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market/from recipients:

– Composition: unauthorised substances progesterone (2.56 mg/kg – ppm) and androstenedione (3.02 mg/kg – ppm) in food supplement from India, via Latvia, following an official control on the market. Notified by Czech Republic;

– Composition: high content of iodine (2423 mg/kg – ppm) in dried seaweed from Japan, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany, distributed also to Netherlands and United Kingdom;

– Industrial contaminants: benzo(a)pyrene (2.7 µg/kg – ppb) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH4 sum: 15.8 µg/kg – ppb) in chilled bacon from Latvia, following an official control on the market. Notified by Estonia;

– Mycotoxins: ochratoxin A (19.3 µg/kg – ppb) in raisins from Turkey, packaged in Poland, following an official control on the market. Notified by Poland, distributed also to United Kingdom;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (<10 CFU/g) in raw milk cheese from France, following company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands and United Kingdom;

4. Seizures:

In Italy, following an official control on the market, we had a seizure for E 450 – diphosphate (2.37 g/kg) unauthorised in chilled vacuum packed yellow fin tuna from Spain.

5. Border rejections:

  • absence of health certificate(s) for curry leaves from India
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 11.6; Tot. = 13.1 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled peanuts, in blanched peanuts (B1 = 3.0 µg/kg – ppb), in blanched groundnut kernels (B1 = 4.5 µg/kg – ppb) and in groundnuts (Tot. = 8.7 µg/kg – ppb) from China
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 13.6; Tot. = 14.4 µg/kg – ppb) in chili powder from India
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 18.1; Tot. = 18.9 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled bitter almonds from Morocco
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 19; Tot. = 24 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled almonds from Australia
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 22.7; Tot. = 24.3 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios in shell from the United States
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 4.6 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts from Brazil
  • aflatoxins (Tot. = 25 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled hazelnut from Turkey
  • chlorpyrifos (0.41 mg/kg – ppm) and dimethoate (1.9 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substances profenofos (0.08 mg/kg – ppm) and dichlorvos (4.6 mg/kg – ppm) in dried beans from Nigeria
  • deoxynivalenol (DON) (1240 µg/kg – ppb) in popcorn from Bosnia and Herzegovina and in popcorn (2308 µg/kg – ppb) from Serbia
  • dried vegetables from China infested with moulds and with insects
  • fenamiphos (0.096 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh pepper from Turkey
  • poor hygienic state of red peppers from Tunisia
  • poor temperature control (> 12.2 °C) of chilled seabass (Dicentrarchus spp) and chilled tuna (Thunnus spp) from Mauritania
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in betel leaves from India
  • Salmonella Stanley and acephate (0.035 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen okra from Vietnam
  • too high content of colour E 102 – tartrazine, of colour E 122 – azorubine, of colour E 129 – Allura Red AC and of colour E 133 – Brilliant Blue FCF (combined level of dyes > 300 mg/kg – ppm) in marshmallows from China
  • unauthorised novel food ingredient Siraitia Grosvenorii in food supplement from the United States

(Source: EU RASFF Portal)

Food recalls in EU – Week 19/2015

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:

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (3500 CFU/g) in raw cow’s milk cheese from France, following company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to Germany and United Kingdom;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (6000 CFU/g) in raw cow’s milk cheese from France, following food poisoning. Notified by France, distributed also to United Kingdom;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella spp. (presence/25g) in goat cheese made from raw milk from France, following company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Japan, Malta, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland and United Kingdom.

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

– Composition: unauthorised colours Sudan 1 (20 µg/kg – ppb) and Orange II (1400 µg/kg – ppb) in sumac from Iran, following an official control on the market. Notified by United Kingdom;

– Novel Food: unauthorised novel food organic graviola leaf powder (Annona muricata) from the Czech Republic, following an official control on the market. Notified by Finland;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: foodborne outbreak caused by norovirus (2 out of 3 samples) in frozen raspberries from Serbia, following a food poisoning. Notified by Sweden.

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

– Allergens: traces of peanut in tahini from Poland, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Belgium, distributed also to Germany;

Mycotoxins: aflatoxins (B1 = 140; Tot. = 160 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios from Iran, via Germany, following an official control on the market. Notified by Netherlands;

– Mycotoxins: aflatoxins (B1 = 9.1; Tot. = 10.6 µg/kg – ppb) in blanched groundnut kernels from China, following an official control on the market. Notified by Greece, distributed also to Romania.

4. Seizures:

In Spain we had a seizure for an unauthorised operator and absence of health mark on fresh fillets and loins of cod. The product was distributed also to Italy.

5. Border rejections:

  • acephate (0.08 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh waxberry (Myrica Rubra) from China
  • acetamiprid and imidacloprid and unauthorised substances tolfenpyrad, anthraquinone and isocarbophos in green tea Polyphenols from China
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 195; Tot. = 215 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios, pistachios in shell (B1 = 796; Tot. = 862 µg/kg – ppb) and pistachio nuts (B1 = 28.1; Tot. = 28.1 / B1 = 26; Tot. = 27 µg/kg – ppb) from Iran
  • biphenyl (8.56 mg/kg – ppm) in lemons from Turkey
  • chlorpyrifos-methyl (1.235 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh sweet peppers
  • chlorpyrifos (0.112 mg/kg – ppm), pyrimethanil (0.406 mg/kg – ppm), iprodione (0.123 mg/kg – ppm), tebuconazole (0.369 mg/kg – ppm), tetraconazole (0.074 mg/kg – ppm), indoxacarb (0.036 mg/kg – ppm), methoxyfenozide (0.771 mg/kg – ppm), difenoconazole (0.057 mg/kg – ppm), azoxystrobin (0.572 mg/kg – ppm), imidacloprid (0.027 mg/kg – ppm), boscalid (0.157 mg/kg – ppm), kresoxim-methyl (0.032 mg/kg – ppm), chlorantraniliprole (0.043 mg/kg – ppm) and metrafenone (0.369 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substance fenbutatin oxide (0.311 mg/kg – ppm) in pickled vine leaves from Turkey
  • FCM: migration of manganese (0.6 mg/kg – ppm) from skimmers from China
  • FEED: aflatoxins (B1 = 101; Tot. = 223.8 µg/kg – ppb) in peanuts for bird feed and in groundnuts for birdfeed (B1 = 207; Tot. = 306.4 µg/kg – ppb) from the Gambia
  • fraudulent health certificate(s) for frozen pork fat dispatched from Russia
  • histamine (605 mg/kg – ppm) in sardines (Sardina pilchardus) from Tunisia
  • incorrect labelling on orange soft drink from the United Arab Emirates
  • missing import declaration for pistachios from Turkey
  • poor temperature control (between -2.9 and -5.5 °C) of frozen cape hake (Merluccius capensis) and deepwater (Merluccius paradoxus) hake from Namibia
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in frozen meat preparations and in frozen salted chicken meat preparations from Thailand
  • Salmonella spp. (presence/25g) in frozen boneless skinless seasoned chicken inner fillet (Gallus gallus) and in frozen chicken meat preparations from Brazil
  • Salmonella spp. (in 1 out of 5 samples /25g) in paan leaves from India
  • Salmonella spp. (in 3 out of 5 samples /25g) in hulled sesame seeds from India and from Nicarauga (in 2 out of 5 samples/25g)
  • too high content of copper (120 mg/kg dry matter) in vine leaves in brine from Turkey
  • unauthorised substance tolfenpyrad (0.031 mg/kg – ppm) in green tea from China
  • unauthorised substance dichlorvos in beans from Nigeria