Food recalls in EU – Week 45

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

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella spp. in frozen salted chicken breast fillet, following a food poisoning event. Origin Thailand (via Netherlands), notification from Finland;

Foreign bodies: glass fragments in tomato sauce with fine herbs, following a consumer complaint. Origin Italy, notification from Germany, distributed also to Austria.

Between the information for follow-up notifications, followed by a recall of the product, we find:

Composition: unauthorised substance synephrine in food supplement containing caffeine, following an official control on the market. Origin United States (via Netherlands), notification from Finland;

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

Suffocation risk as a result of the consumption, whistles candy and lipstick candy, following company’s own check. Origin Belgium, notification from Netherlands, distributed also to France, Germany and Luxembourg;

– Biocontaminants: histamine in canned anchovy fillets, following an official control on the market. Origin Italy, notification from France.

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, Salmonella in frozen turkey meat and in frozen meat preparations from Brazil, in hulled sesame seeds from India, in frozen clams from Morocco and in rape seed cake (feed) from Russia, residue level above MRL for oxytetracycline in frozen shrimps from India, malathion in fresh peppers from Turkey, unauthorised placing on the market (Mesona chinensis; Plumeria rubra acutifolia; Microcos paniculata; Chrysanthemum morifolium ramat.; Glycyrrhiza uralensis Fisch) of herbal beverages from China, via Hong Kong and aflatoxins in groundnuts from China and Brazil, in ginger powder from India and in dried figs from Turkey.

Regarding feed, we have an alert for aflatoxins in palm kernel, from Sierra Leone (via Germany), following a company’s own check. Notification from Netherlands.


Caffeine – New study about possible negative effects on young people

English: A photo of a cup of coffee. Esperanto...
English: A photo of a cup of coffee. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

According to a new study, drinking four cups of coffee a day (or more) could increase the risk of mortality for people under the age of 55. The study reports a 50% + increase in mortality in men and women and 21% + higher risk for all men who drink more than 4 cups a day at all ages.

That’s pretty scaring, but about these results (and about possible contribution of other co-factors to the deaths) there is skepticism. The same authors concluded that “However, this finding should be assessed in future studies of other populations”.

The caffeine effects, anyway, are really controversial and on the results of this study the British Heart Foundation is not agree. They keep to recommending that 4/5 cups of coffee a day will not harm your heart.

Some research show that coffee has potential beneficial effects on inflammation and cognitive functions, but also that stimulates epinephrine release, inhibits insulin activity and raises blood pressure.

For more information on the study, published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, and completed by Junxiu Liu et al., click here.

As stressed in a former article, the European Commission has decided to request an opinion to EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) on the safety of caffeine and to delay any authorization of certain health claims from art. 13.1 of EC Regulation 1924/2006. The opinion is expected for the next few months.