Food recalls in EU – Week 31/2015

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:

Foreign bodies: plastic fragments (1×1 cm) in chilled soups from Ireland, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Ireland, distributed also to United Kingdom;

– FCM (Food Contact Materials). Heavy metals: migration of nickel (1.43 mg/kg – ppm) from barbecue cutlery from China, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany, distributed also to Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland;

– FCM (Food Contact Materials). Industrial contaminants: migration of formaldehyde (16.2 mg/kg – ppm) and of melamine (3.7 mg/kg – ppm) from children decorated melamine plates from China, following an official control on the market. Notified from France, distributed also to Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Spain and Taiwan;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: enteropathogenic Escherichia coli (VTEC O26 vt1) in raw cow’s milk cheese from Ireland, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Ireland, distributed also to United Kingdom;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (16000 CFU/g) in gorgonzola from Italy, following an official control on the market. Notified by Austria, distributed also to France and Germany;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (260 CFU/g) in dry ham from France, following company’s own check. Notified from France, distributed also to Belgium;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (< 10 CFU/g) in jambon from Spain, following company’s own check. Notified by France.

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

– FCM (Food Contact Materials): migration of cadmium (31.46 mg/item) and of lead (352.46 mg/item) from drinking glasses from China, via the United Arab Emirates. Notified by Cyprus;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (>15000 CFU/g) in andouille sausages from France, following company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Netherlands, South Africa and United Kingdom.

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

– FCM (Food Contact Materials). Industrial contaminants: migration of melamine (4.4 mg/kg – ppm) from children decorated melamine plates from China, via the Netherlands, following an official control on the market. Notified by Belgium;

– Mycotoxins: aflatoxins (B1 = 126 µg/kg – ppb) in almonds from the Netherlands, following an official control on the market. Notified by Belgium;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella typhimurium (presence/25g) in frozen chicken leg quarters from the Netherlands, following an official control on the market. Notified by Malta, distributed also to Belgium, Benin, Congo (Brazzaville), Czech Republic, Gabon, Germany, Mauritania, Montenegro, Morocco, Togo and United Kingdom;

4. Seizures:

None.

5. Border rejections:

  • acephate (0.022 mg/kg – ppm) in basmati rice from India
  • acetamiprid (0.16 mg/kg – ppm), thiamethoxam (0.12 mg/kg – ppm) and imidacloprid (0.16 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substances profenofos (0.16 mg/kg – ppm) and carbendazim (0.30 mg/kg – ppm) in cumin seeds from India
  • acetamiprid (0.81 mg/kg – ppm) in habanero hot peppers from the Dominican Republic
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 7.2 µg/kg – ppb) in blanched groundnut kernels from China
  • cypermethrin (1.5 mg/kg – ppm), quinalphos (1.1 mg/kg – ppm), lambda-cyhalothrin (0.98 mg/kg – ppm), imidacloprid (0.22 mg/kg – ppm) and fipronil (0.086 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substance carbendazim (0.97 mg/kg – ppm) in green cardamon from India
  • fipronil (0.013 mg/kg – ppm) in chilli peppers from the Dominican Republic
  • methamidophos (0.3 mg/kg – ppm) in green beans from Kenya
  • FCM (Food Contact Materials) migration of chromium (4.4-17.2 mg/kg – ppm) and too high level of overall migration (37-144 mg/dm²) from knives set with cutting board from China
  • FCM (Food Contact Materials) migration of chromium (up to 0.8 mg/kg – ppm) from stainless steel basket for vegetable steam-cooking from China
  • poor temperature control (between -8.4 and -11.1 °C) of frozen tuna loins (Thunnus albacares) from Cape Verde
  • prohibited substance nitrofuran (metabolite) furazolidone (AOZ) (2.8 µg/kg – ppb) in frozen tiger prawns (Penaeus monodon) from India
  • Salmonella Kristianstad (presence /25g) and Salmonella Montevideo (presence /25g) in hulled sesame seeds from India
  • Salmonella spp. (in 1 out of 5 samples /25g) in auto dried hulled sesame seeds and hulled sesame seeds from India
  • unauthorised substance anthraquinone (0.41 mg/kg – ppm) in black cardamon from India
  • unauthorised substance carbendazim (0.45 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh beans with pods from Kenya
  • unauthorised substance chlorfenapyr (0.02 mg/kg – ppm) in papayas from Brazil
  • unauthorised substance ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) in sparkling citrus drink from the Philippines
  • unauthorised substance profenofos (0.091 mg/kg – ppm) in pitted olives in brine from Egypt

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)