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 32 – 33

These weeks on the RASFF database (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed) we have six recalls from consumers in EU in the alert notifications:

– Allergens: undeclared almond in olive with garlic, following company’s own check. Origin Poland, notified by Denmark;

– Composition: high content of aluminium in cake flour, following company’s own check. Origin Vietnam, notified by Germany, distributed also to Netherlands and Poland;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: shigatoxin-producing Escherichia Coli in goat cheese made from raw milk, following company’s own check. Origin France, notified by France, distributed also to Belgium and Luxembourg;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: shigatoxin-producing Escherichia Coli in raw goat milk cheese, following company’s own check. Origin France, notified by France, distributed also to Belgium, Germany, Netherlands and Switzerland;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella infantis in frozen marinated chicken breast fillets, following an official control on the market. Origin Netherlands, notified by Denmark;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella in chorizo, following an official control on the market. Origin Spain, notified by France, distributed also to Luxembourg.

Between the information for attention and the information for follow up notifications, followed by a recall from consumers, we find:

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Bacillus cereus in cream, following company’s own check. Origin United Kingdom, notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Jersey and Guernsey;

– Defective packaging: the lids of the packages does not close tightly in chilled diced bacon, following a consumer complaint. Origin Sweden, notified by Denmark.

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

– Allergens: undeclared shrimp in fish stew, following company’s own check. Origin Spain, notified by Italy;

– Composition: high content of aluminium in glass noodles from beans, following an official control on the market. Origin China, notified by Germany, distributed also to Austria;

– Composition: unauthorised substance androstenedione and unauthorised ingredient tetrahydrocanabinol  in food supplement, following an official control on the market. Origin Germany, notified by Czech Republic;

– Composition: unauthorised ingredient tetrahydrocanabinol in food supplement, following an official control on the market. Origin Hungary, notified by Czech Republic;

– Mycotoxins: aflatoxins in raw pistachios, following company’s own check. Origin Iran (via Germany), notified by Italy, distributed also to Austria, Hong Kong, France, Malta and Switzerland;

 Pathogenic micro-organisms: Bacillus subtilis in flavoured milk, following a consumer’s complaint. Origin Germany, notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Austria, Belgium, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg and Netherlands;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in frozen meatballs, following company’s own check. Origin Netherlands, notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Belgium;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella spp. in ground chilli powder, following an official control on the market. Origin unknown (via Switzerland and Norway), notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Centro African Republic, Gabon, Germany, Italy and Sweden;

– Residues of veterinary medicinal products: residue level above MRL for oxytetracycline in frozen beef, following an official control on the market. Origin Poland, notified by Poland, distributed also to Croatia, France, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Sweden, United Kingdom, Macedonia.

Amongst border rejections we have

– aflatoxins in peanut kernels, peanuts with shell, groundnut kernels and blanched peanuts from China, in ground nutmeg from the United States, in pistachio nuts from Iran and Tukey;

– Salmonella in raw salted uncalibrated poultry breast, frozen salted poultry breast and frozen salted chicken from Thailand, in hulled sesame seeds from India and in frog legs from Turkey;

– shelled walnuts from Chile and raisins from India infested with moulds;

– spoilage of and foreign body (stones, small sticks and stalks, fur) in raisins from Pakistan;

– formentanate in fresh peppers from Turkey, endosulfan, cypermethrin and hexaconazole in green beans from the Dominican Republic, chlorpyriphos and diazinon in whole black olives from Egypt

– too high content of sulphite in dried apricot from Uzbekistan;

– poor temperature control of and incorrect labelling on frozen Atlantic cod from China and poor temperature control of frozen squid from Argentina;

– prohibited substance nitrofuran (metabolite) furazolidone (AOZ) in frozen raw shrimps from India;

– unauthorised substance sildenafil in food supplements dispatched from China;

– attempt to illegally import aubergines from Thailand;

– Norovirus in frozen strawberries from China;

– poor state of preservation (strong smell) of and rodent excrements in sweet potatoes from Nigeria;

– benzo(a)pyrene and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in crude soybean oil and non-refined soybean oil from Ukraine;

– too high content of zinc in vinegar from China;

– unauthorised ingredient (Rauwolfia serpentina, Areca catechu, Sida cordifolia, Ipomoea turphetum) and novel food ingredient Mucuna pruriens in various food supplements from India.

For feed, we have an alert notification, followed by a withdrawal from the market:

– Biotoxins: meadow saffron (Colchicum autumnale) in hay, following company’s own check. Origin Germany, notified by Netherlands.

For food contact materials we have an alert notification, followed by a withdrawal from the market:

Migration of p-tert-butylbenzoic acid (PTBBA) in plastic bags containing candy blood, following a consumer complaint. Origin China (via United Kingdom), notified by Germany;

and border rejections for migration of nickel and of manganese from grill and drip pans from Turkey and biodegradable plates from China unfit for use as food contact material (does not match conditions of use >100°C as on the label).

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