Food recalls in EU – Week 36/2015

After a summer break our weekly report is coming back. In the week 32-35 we had a couple of interesting and/or widespread alerts, followed by recalls from consumers, namely:

 Allergens: undeclared mustard in coriander cumin powder from India, following an official control on the market. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to France and Poland;

 Allergens: undeclared mustard in curry paste from the United Kingdom, following company’s own check. Notified by Ireland; (spices once again!)

– Allergens: too high content of gluten (80 mg/kg – ppm) in gluten-free barleygrass powder from China, following an official control on the market. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.

This week on the EU RASFF (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed) we can find:

1. Alerts followed by a recall from consumers:

Foreign bodies: glass fragments in jar containing pickled capers from Germany, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Germany, distributed also to Belgium and Luxembourg;

Foreign bodies: plastic fragments in branflakes from the United Kingdom, following company’s own check. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Ireland;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (< 10 CFU/g) in chilled sandwich with ham and butter from France, following company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to Belgium

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella (presence /25g) in chilled sausages from Belgium, following company’s own check. Notified by Belgium, distributed also to Luxembourg.

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

– Mycotoxins: aflatoxins (B1 = 565; Tot. = 613.6 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios from Lebanon, following an official control on the market. Notified by Cyprus;

Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (presence/25g) in chilled marinated grill ribs from Austria, following company’s own check. Notified by Austria, distributed also to Italy.

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

– Industrial contaminants: benzo(a)pyrene (7.8 µg/kg – ppb) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (calculated: 59.8 µg/kg – ppb) in pumpkin seed oil from Austria, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany;

Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella enteritidis (in 1 out of 12/25g) in chilled chicken breast fillets from Poland, following an official control on the market. Notified by Denmark.

4. Seizures:

None.

5. Border rejections:

  • absence of certified analytical report for dried fig jam from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 14.27; Tot. = 28.47 µg/kg – ppb) and ochratoxin A (85.25 µg/kg – ppb) in berbere spice mix from Ethiopia
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 15.8 µg/kg – ppb) in crushed chilli from India, via the United Arab Emirates
  • altered organoleptic characteristics of frozen boneless beef manufactured in Namibia, with raw material from South Africa
  • damaged packaging of canned skipjack tuna fillets (Katsuwonus [Euthynnus] pelamis) from Cape Verde
  • dimethoate (0.09 mg/kg – ppm) in pea pods from Kenya
  • dithiocarbamates (0.18 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substance 3-hydroxycarbofuran (0.04 mg/kg – ppm) in dragon fruit from Vietnam
  • high content of lead (0.171 mg/kg – ppm) in mushrooms in brine from Vietnam and (4.68 mg/kg – ppm) in food supplement from India
  • mercury (1.19 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen swordfish (Xiphias gladius) from South Korea
  • mercury (1.83; 0.21 mg/kg – ppm) in food supplements from India
  • myclobutanil (0.21 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh mint from Morocco
  • poor temperature control – rupture of the cold chain – (clear signs of defrosting) of frozen croaker, cuttlefish and squid from India and poor temperature control of frozen shrimps (Penaeus vannamei) from Ecuador
  • prohibited substance nitrofuran (metabolite) nitrofurazone (SEM) (6.1 µg/kg – ppb) in dried casings from China
  • Salmonella (1 out of 5 samples /25g) in betel leves from India
  • Salmonella Lexington (in 5 out of 5 samples) in rapeseed cake from Belarus
  • unauthorised operator for chicken meat preparation (Gallus domesticus) from Saudi Arabia
  • unauthorised substance carbendazim (2.4 mg/kg – ppm) in dagon fruit from Vietnam
  • unauthorised substance sildenafil thiono analogue (18.8; 32.7 mg/kg – ppm) in food supplement from China
  • Vibrio (presence /25g) in frozen shrimps from Vietnam

Food recalls in EU – Week 7/2015

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 almond (>18 mg/kg – ppm) in fajita dinner kit from Sweden, following company’s own check. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Ireland;

– Allergens: undeclared almond (270 mg/kg – ppm) in fajita meal from Sweden, following company’s own check. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Faeroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, and Switzerland;

– Allergens: undeclared almond (306 mg/kg – ppm) in ground cumin from Turkey, following an official control on the market. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Canada, Spain and via INFOSAN;

– Composition: too high content of vitamin A (50 mg/capsule) in food supplement from the United States, via Sweden, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Norway, distributed also to Denmark and Finland;

– Foreign bodies: metal pieces in canned meat stew from Germany, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Germany, distributed also to Austria;

– Mycotoxins: aflatoxins (B1 = 57.2; Tot. = 71.5 / B1 = 180.2; Tot. = 220.9 mg/kg – ppm) in peanuts from China, via Greece, following an official control on the market. Notified by Cyprus;

– Mycotoxins: aflatoxins (B1 = 3.11 µg/kg – ppb) in basmati rice from France, via Belgium, following an official control on the market. Notified by Luxembourg;

– Mycotoxins: deoxynivalenol (DON) (1610; 1690 µg/kg – ppb) in breakfast cereals from Germany, following an official control on the market. Notified by Belgium, distributed also to Bosnia-Herzegovina, China, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal and Romania;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella (presence /25g) in raw cow’s milk cheese from France, following company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to Belgium.

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

– Composition: magnesium aspartate unauthorised in food supplement from China, via Sweden, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Norway, distributed also to Denmark and Finland;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (presence/25g) in blue cheese from France, following company’s own check. Notified by Sweden;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella Indiana in duck meat from the United Kingdom, following an official control on the market. Notified by Iceland.

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

– Composition: too high content of vitamin D (D3: 0.125 mg/capsule) in food supplements from Sweden, notified from Norway. Distributed also to Denmark and Finland;

– Heavy metals: mercury (1.1; 1.2 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen blue shark (Prionace glauca) from Spain, following an official control on the market. Notified by Spain, distributed also to Portugal;

– Heavy metals: mercury (1.9 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen black marlin steak from Spain, following an official control on the market. Notified by Czech Republic, distributed also to Slovakia;

– Heavy metals: mercury (2; 1.4 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen swordfish from Spain, following an official control on the market. Notified by Spain;

– Heavy metals: cadmium (0.12 mg/kg – ppm) and mercury (3.1 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen black marlin steaks from Spain, packaged in the Czech Republic, following an official control on the market. Notified by Czech Republic, distributed also to Slovakia;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: norovirus in oysters from France, following food poisoning. Notified by France, distributed also to Belgium and Italy.

4. Seizures:

None

5. Border rejections:

  • absence of health certificate(s) and absence of certified analytical report for peanut butter from China
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 10; Tot. = 12 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts from Argentina and from Brazil (B1 = 39; Tot. = 49 µg/kg – ppb)
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 11.1; Tot. = 12.3 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled groundnuts and in groundnuts in shell (B1 = 4.7 / B1 = 2.2 µg/kg – ppb) from China
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 17 µg/kg – ppb) in chilli peppers from India
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 295.5 µg/kg – ppb, B1 = 17.3; Tot. = 19.6 / B1 = 38.9; Tot. = 42.3 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios from Iran
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 19.9; Tot. = 41.6 µg/kg – ppb) in apricot kernels from China
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 39; Tot. = 43 µg/kg – ppb) in roasted diced hazelnuts from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 50.9; Tot. = 57.1 / B1 = 22.2; Tot. = 22.3 µg/kg – ppb) in almond kernels from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (Tot. = 16.2 µg/kg – ppb) in hazelnuts and hazelnut kernels (Tot. = 27.9 µg/kg – ppb) from Turkey
  • ochratoxin A (11.8 µg/kg – ppb) in raisins from Afghanistan
  • altered organoleptic characteristics and poor temperature control of frozen tuna from Panama
  • chlorpyrifos (0.30 mg/kg – ppm), dithiocarbamates (10.4 mg/kg – ppm), pyrimethanil (0.92 mg/kg – ppm), iprodione (0.860 mg/kg – ppm), tebuconazole (0.42 mg/kg – ppm), tetraconazole (0.052 mg/kg – ppm), lambda-cyhalothrin (0.046 mg/kg – ppm), methoxyfenozide (0.50 mg/kg – ppm), dimethomorph (0.13 mg/kg – ppm), azoxystrobin (2.0 mg/kg – ppm), trifloxystrobin (0.082 mg/kg – ppm), boscalid (1.4 mg/kg – ppm), kresoxim-methyl (0.15 mg/kg – ppm), metrafenone (0.82 mg/kg – ppm) and fluopyram (0.084 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substance fenbutatin oxide (10.9 mg/kg – ppm) in vine leaves in brine from Turkey
  • deltamethrin (2.9 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh mint from Morocco
  • fenamiphos (0.112 mg/kg – ppm) in sweet peppers from Turkey
  • FCM: migration of formaldehyde (32.6; 43.5; 58.7; 44.3 mg/kg – ppm) from plastic serving trays from China
  • FCM: migration of nickel (0.2 mg/kg – ppm) from barbecue set from China
  • norovirus (G II /25g) in frozen cooked whole white clams (Meretrix lyrata) from Vietnam
  • propoxur (0.12 mg/kg – ppm) in dried beans from Ethiopia
  • residue level above MRL for albendazole (780 µg/kg – ppb) in corned beef from Brazil
  • residue level above MRL for copper (122.2 mg/kg – ppm) in wine leaves from Turkey
  • Salmonella Amsterdam (1 out of 5 samples /25g) and Salmonella Mbandaka (4 out of 5 samples /25g) in sesame seeds from India
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in hulled sesame seeds from India
  • Salmonella spp. (present /25g) in turkey meat preparation from Brazil
  • Salmonella spp. in frozen poultry meat preparation from Brazil
  • Salmonella spp. in frozen seasoned chicken fillets (Gallus gallus domesticus) from Brazil
  • spoilage of salted sheep casings from China
  • FEED: too high count of Enterobacteriaceae (820 CFU/g) in fish meal from Mauritania
  • FEED: Salmonella spp. in fish meal from Mauritania