Food recalls in EU – Week 14/2015

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 milk in varieties of milk free milk chocolate from the United Kingdom, following a consumer complaint. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Denmark;

– Pesticide residues: methiocarb (2.3 mg/kg – ppm) in curly endive from Belgium, following an official control on the market. Notified by Belgium, distributed also to Germany and Luxembourg;

– Biocontaminants: atropine (4.1 <–> 384; µg/kg – ppb) and scopolamine (2.0 <–> 388 µg/kg – ppb) in millet balls from Hungary, following company’s own check. Notified by Germany, distributed also to Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland.

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

– FCM. Industrial contaminants: migration of melamine (3.7 mg/kg – ppm) from melamine chopping boards from Turkey, following an official control on the market. Notified by Greece, distributed also to Albania;

-Dried black fungus from Vietnam, via Germany, infested with insectsfollowing a consumer complaint. Notified by Denmark.

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

– Allergens: undeclared almond (<50 mg/kg – ppm) in paella spice mix from Spain, following company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to Belgium;

– Allergens: undeclared egg in cheese from Belgium, following company’s own check. Notified by Belgium, distributed also to Luxembourg;

– Allergens: undeclared soya (12.1 mg/kg – ppm) in Prague ham from the Czech Republic, following an official control on the market. Notified by Slovakia, distributed also to Russia;

– Mycotoxins: aflatoxins (B1 = 6; Tot. = 6.9 µg/kg – ppb) in halva from Turkey, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany, distributed also to Netherlands;

– Biocontaminants: atropine (26 µg/kg – ppb) and scopolamine (11 µg/kg – ppb) in millet honey poppies from Germany, following an official control on the market. Notified by Austria;

– Biocontaminants: atropine (30 µg/kg – ppb) and scopolamine (24 µg/kg – ppb) in gluten free organic millet from Austria, following an official control on the market. Notified by Austria, distributed also to Slovakia;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Clostridium perfringens (5600 CFU/g) in vegan paté from Italy, following company’s own check. Notified by Italy, distributed also to Germany, Greece, Malta, San Marino, Sweden and Switzerland;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: foodborne outbreak suspected to be caused by frozen yellowfin tuna loins from Spain, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Belgium;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella spp. (presence/25g) in roquefort blue cheese from raw sheep’s milk from France, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany, distributed also to Belgium, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg and Netherlands;

– Composition: unauthorised substance gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in food supplement from the Netherlands, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Sweden.

4. Seizures:

In Switzerland we had a seizure of frozen marlin steak from Vietnam, due to the presence of heavy metals (mercury – 2.5 mg/kg – ppm)

5. Border rejections:

  • aflatoxins (B1 = 10.1; Tot. = 11.2 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts in shell, in blanched groundnuts kernels (B1 = 11.1; Tot. = 57 µg/kg – ppb), in groundnut kernels (B1 = 157.9; Tot. = 172 / B1 = 7.8; Tot. = 21.1 µg/kg – ppb), in shelled groundnuts (B1 = 4.6; Tot. = 15.6 µg/kg – ppb) and in groundnuts (B1 = 59.52; Tot. = 64.11 µg/kg – ppb) from China
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 19; Tot. = 23) in nutmeg from Indonesia
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 26.7; Tot. = 28.1 µg/kg – ppb) in chili powder, red chilli (B1 = 91.4; Tot. = 94.5 µg/kg – ppb) and in peanut butter(B1 = 7.3; Tot. = 8.4 / B1 = 3.9; Tot. = 4.6 µg/kg – ppb) from India
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 350; Tot. = 390 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios from Iran
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 9.3; Tot. = 21.3 µg/kg – ppb) in fig paste from Turkey
  • biphenyl (4.76 mg/kg – ppm) in lemons from Turkey
  • chlorpyrifos-methyl (0.136 mg/kg – ppm) in pomegranates from Turkey
  • dead insects (21.4 %) in organic dried figs from Turkey
  • fenpropathrin (0.29 mg/kg – ppm) in dried raisins from Iran
  • fipronil (0.029 mg/kg – ppm) in peppers from the Dominican Republic
  • malathion (0.20 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substance phorate (0.052 mg/kg – ppm) in pumpkin seeds from China
  • poor state of preservation of and incorrect labelling on pasteurized cherries from the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in frozen poultry meat preparation from Brazil and Thailand
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in paan/betel leaves from India
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in sesame seeds from India
  • too high content (2407 mg/kg – ppm) and undeclared (2363 mg/kg – ppm) sulphites in dried apricots from Turkey
  • FCM: too high level of overall migration (13.6 mg/kg – ppm) from glassware from China
  • FCM: migration of chromium (0.3 mg/kg – ppm) from knives from China
  • FCM: migration of chromium (0.6 mg/kg – ppm), of nickel (5.3 mg/kg – ppm) and of manganese (6 mg/kg – ppm) from barbecue grills gaseous fuel from China
  • FCM: migration of manganese (1.9 mg/kg – ppm) from barbecue grids and from gas barbecue (2.4 mg/kg – ppm) from China
  • FCM: corrosion of and too high level of overall migration (1266 mg/kg – ppm) from stainless steel kitchen utensils from China unfit for use as food contact material (stainless steel AISI 201)
  • FCM: absence of certified analytical report for melamine kitchenware from China
  • unauthorised substance anthraquinone (0.049 mg/kg – ppm) in green tea from Hong Kong
  • unauthorised substance carbendazim (1.2 mg/kg – ppm) in peas from Kenya
  • unauthorised substance hexaconazole (0.021 mg/kg – ppm) in green beans from Kenya
  • unauthorised substance profenofos (0.11 mg/kg – ppm) in okra from India

 

Food recalls in EU – Week 19 – 2014

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

Poor or insufficient controls: inadequate thermal processing on plum bread and butter pudding, following a consumer complaint. Origin United Kingdom, notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Ireland;

 Pathogenic micro-organisms: Bacillus Cereus in sweet peppers, following an official control on the market. Origin Spain, notified by France;

– Pesticide residues: unauthorised substance chlorate in frozen broccoli, following company’s own check. Origin Spain (via Belgium), notified by Germany.

Between the information for attention and the information for follow-up, we find four recalls from consumers:

– Allergens: undeclared milk ingredient in lentil dahl seasoning sachets, following company’s own check. Origin United Kingdom, notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Australia;

– Pesticide residues: anthraquinone in black tea, following an official control on the market. Origin Germany, notified by Austria;

Composition: unauthorised substance magnesium aspartate in food supplement, following an official control on the market. Origin United States, notified by Finland;

– Composition: unauthorised substance magnesium aspartate in food supplement, following an official control on the market. Origin Sweden, notified by Finland.

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

Residues of veterinary medicinal products: residue level above MRL for doxycycline in chilled chicken, following an official control on the market. Origin Belgium, notified by Belgium, distributed to France, Germany and Netherlands;

– Heavy metals: cadmium in fresh spinach, following an official control on the market. Origin Belgium, notified by Belgium, distributed to France, Germany, Luxembourg and Netherlands;

– Heavy metals: mercury in frozen skinless and boneless swordfish loins, following an official control on the market. Origin Indonesia, packaged in Belgium, notified by Belgium, distributed also to France, Finland, Latvia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania and Sweden;

– Composition: unauthorised substance sildenafil thiono analogue in food supplements, following an official control on the market. Origin Czech Republic, notified by Italy, distributed also to Germany, Greece, Ireland, Malta, Norway and Slovenia;

Industrial contaminants: benzo(a)pyrene in organic green tea extract, following company’s own check. Origin United Kingdom, notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Belgium and Czech Republic;

– Allergens: undeclared peanuts in chocolate figure (shape of chickens), following an official control on the market. Origin Italy (via Austria), notified by Slovakia;

Pathogenic micro-organisms: too high count of Escherichia Coli in chilled oysters, following company’s own check. Origin France, notified by France, distributed also to Belgium.

In Italy we had seizures of frozen mackerel shark fillets from Spain and of frozen mako shark from Portugal for high content of mercury. It is several months which that is a weekly problems, mostly for fish and fish products from Spain and Portugal.

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, Salmonella group C in frozen seasoned turkey breasts from Brazil, aflatoxins in whole dried chillies from India, missing import declaration for sesame seed oil from Japan, unauthorised placing on the market of relax tea containing St. John Wort (Hypericum perforatum) from the United States, mercury in frozen snapper from New Zealand, cadmium in frozen mussels from Chile, fipronil in chilli peppers from the Dominican Republic, too high content of sulphite in dried banana, pineapple, mango from the Philippines, unauthorised substance chlorate in melons from Honduras, unauthorised use of colour E 110 – Sunset Yellow FCF in sauce from the Dominican Republic and too high content of colour E 110 – Sunset Yellow FCF  in carbonated orange soft drinks from Saudi Arabia, via the United Arab Emirates.

For feed, we have an alert notification for:

– Industrial contaminants: melamine in inactive yeast, following company’s own check. Origin Lithuania, notified by Ireland, distributed also to Belgium.

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

– Migration: inner coating cracked in metal canteens, following a consumer complaint. Origin Honk Kong, notified by Greece.

We have also border rejections for corrosion of barbecue grids and too high level of overall migration from stainless steel knives from China.

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