Food recalls in EU – Week 52

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

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella Spp in dried sausages, following a company’s own check. Origin Spain, notification from France;

Allergens: undeclared milk ingredient in mint flavour dark chocolate 70%, following an official control on the market. Origin Spain, notification from Slovenia.

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

 Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella infantis in chicken donner pieces, following a company’s own check. Origin Romania, notification from France;

– Mycotoxins: aflatoxins in ground hot paprika, following an official control on the market. Origin Turkey, notification from Austria, distributed also to Germany, Hungary, Italy and Slovakia.

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in frozen and chilled boneless beef from Brazil, aflatoxins in pistachios and almonds kernel infested with larvae of insects from Turkey, cypermethrin in dried beans from Madagascar, pyridalyl in chilled strawberries from Egypt, dead insects and excrements of insects in whole red chillies and basmati rice from India, histamine in frozen tuna from Vietnam and  chloramphenicol in frozen crayfish from China.

For food contact material we have a border rejection for migration of chromium from pizza cutters from China.

For feed we have a notification of information for follow-up, followed by a withdrawal from the market:

TSE’s: presence of ruminant DNA in pork blood powder, following an official control on the market. Origin Germany, notification from France.

Food recalls in EU – Week 47

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

Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in cream cheese, following company’s own check. Origin and notification from Denmark, distributed also to Austria, Germany, Japan, Norway and Poland.

 Biocontaminants: histamine in anchovies in olive oil, following company’s own check. Origin Spain, notification from Switzerland, distributed also to France.

– Foreign bodies (paracetamol 500mg with codein tablet) in ice cream cones, following a consumer complaint. Origin and notification from the United Kingdom, distributed also to Ireland. That’s case it’s quite strange, and I’m sure you have all read of it on the newspapers, probably the cause is a sabotage from an unhappy worker…here a link to a press release.

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

Pesticides residues: fenamiphos in cocktail tomatoes, following company’s own check. Origin Spain (via Netherlands), notification from Sweden.

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in raw cow milk cheese, following company’s own check. Origin and notification from France, distributed also to Netherlands.

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: too high count of Escherichia coli in live mussels, following company’s own check. Origin and notification from France, distributed also to Spain.

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, Salmonella spp. in paan leaves and in curry leaves from India, absence of health certificate in peanut biscuits from India and in almonds in shell from the United States, unshelled chestnuts from Algeria (via Tunisia) and red raisins from China infested with insects, an attempt attempt to illegally import frozen boneless beef from Uruguay, aflatoxins in dried figs and in dried fruit mix from Turkey, malathion and carbendazim  in fresh peppers from Turkey, methidathion in pomelo from China and histamine in frozen pre-cooked skipjack tuna loins and flakes from Vietnam.

For food contact material we have border rejections for migration of chromium from dies for meat grinder from Hong Kong and from stainless steel kitchen knives from China (via Hong Kong), too high level of overall migration from plastic dishes from Bosnia and Herzegovina and inner coating peeling off from baking pans from China.