Food recalls in EU/Week 42

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

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in chilled salads, following company’s own check. Origin France, notified by France, distributed also to Belgium and Luxembourg;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella Indiana in chilled and frozen whole chicken, chicken cuts and chicken liver, following company’s own check. Origin Denmark, notified by Denmark, distributed also to Australia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom;

– Pesticide residues: chlorothalonil and dimethoate in fresh endives, following an official control on the market. Origin Belgium, notified by Belgium, distributed also to Netherlands;

– Allergens: undeclared gluten and egg in baby food, following company’s own check. Origin Poland, notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Ireland.

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

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Bacillus cereus enterotoxigenic in gnocchi, following an official control on the market. Origin Italy, notified by Germany.

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

– Industrial contaminants: too high content of hydrogen peroxid in chocolate & vanilla desert, following a consumer complaint. Origin Czech Republic, notified by Germany;

– Mycotoxins: Ochratoxin A in whole emmer wheat pasta, following company’s own check. Origin Italy, notified by Italy, distributed also to Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Switzerland and United Kingdom;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella spp in smoked sausages, following company’s own check. Origin Belgium, notified by Belgium, distributed also to Luxembourg;

– Residues of veterinary medicinal products: diclazuril unauthorised in chilled equine carcasses, following an official control on the market. Origin Portugal, notified from Portugal, distributed also to Italy.

Amongst border rejections we have:

– aflatoxins in pistachio nuts, raw pistachios in shell from Iran and from Iran (dispatched from Turkey), in sweet shelled almond kernels from Afghanistan (via Turkey), in almonds from the United States, in crushed chillies from India, in whole nutmegs from Indonesia and groundnuts from Brazil;

– sulphite unauthorised in apple drink from Lebanon;

– unsuitable organoleptic characteristics of nutmeg from Indonesia infested with moulds;

– Salmonella spp in paan leaves from India;

– methomyl in peppers from Turkey;

– carbendazim and unauthorised substances hexaconazole and isoprothiolane in fresh celery from Cambodia;

– methamidophos and acephate in red chili peppers from Vietnam;

– prohibited substance nitrofuran (metabolite) nitrofurazone (SEM) in frozen catfish  and Pangasius fillets from Vietnam;

– tuna chunks in brine from the Seychelles with defective packaging;

– benzo(a)pyrene and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in unrefined soybean oil from Ukraine;

– unauthorised substance molybdenum chelate in food supplement from the United States;

– E 363 – succinic acid unauthorised in vodka from Russia.

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

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: possible presence of Bacillus anthracis in beef bones for feed, following an official control on the market. Origin Slovakia, notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Germany.

and border rejections for Salmonella spp. in fish meal from Mauritania, unauthorised genetically modified cotton seeds from Côte d’Ivoire, aflatoxins in birdfeed from India and too high count of Enterobacteriaceae in dog chews from Thailand.

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

– Migration of lead from springform heart shape, following an official control on the market. Origin China, notified by Germany, distributed also to Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia;

and border rejections for migration of manganese from grill plate and of formaldehyde from kitchenware from China.

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Frutarom Health BU Announces a Move into Omega-3 – New Omega-3 line for food fortification and dietary supplementation

Frutarom Switzerland Ltd., Health BU Switzerland, announces its entry into the omega-3 market with high quality and deodorized DHA and EPA marine-sourced omega-3 ingredients designed for a variety of food & beverage applications and dietary supplements.

EPA and DHA omega-3 are vital nutrients that help every cell in the body to function optimally. However, the major problem most consumers face is that they are not getting enough EPA and DHA in their diets, due to the lack of intake of foods rich in omega-3. A major study in the US showed that low dietary omega-3 fatty acids contributed significantly to the risk of death from a range of health conditions such as heart attack or stroke.

Numerous studies confirm the beneficial effects of omega3 for multiple health indications such cardiovascular health, brain development and cognitive performance, eye health, inflammation and general well-being.  While this nutrients are vital across a range of consumers, there are key categories such as infant development, and healthy aging where a supplements containing omega-3 merit second consideration.Frisches Brot

“As the leading provider of specialty fine ingredients, flavors and savory solutions, Frutarom has excellent access into the food and beverage industries, enabling it to help food manufacturers fortify food with omega-3,” explains Holger Riemensperger, General Manager of Frutarom Health. “Thanks to Frutarom’s expertise, we can easily implement the new line into any food matrix, such as dairy, bakery, baby food, cereals, oils, confectionary, beverages etc. It is both deodorized and without any negative impact on the taste.”

The number of new food and drinks products marketed as containing omega 3 fatty acids has risen significantly in recent years, according to Innova Market Insights’ research, nearly trebling over the 2007 to 2013 period. The share of these types of products rose from 1.5% of total food and drinks launches tracked globally in 2011 to 1.6% in 2012, with a further rise to 1.9% evident for 2013. Baby foods was the leading category for omega 3 claims in 2013, accounting for 17.8% of tracked products.

“This step combines Frutarom’s two great strengths of strong market access and deep experience in science-based health ingredients, and follows the company’s strategic move last year into the functional food market,” notes Riemensperger. “Omega-3 perfectly fits the Health Business Unit strategy of focusing on scientifically proven, high quality health ingredients.”

The new omega-3 line is produced using the latest technology and controlled sourcing of high-end raw materials. The new line also includes omega-3 high concentrates for use in dietary supplements, allowing a higher concentration of DHA and EPA content, and thus a smaller size of soft gels, making it easier to take.