Thank god it’s Friday! Quick news from the world (Week 34)

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– Canada Now Requiring Labels for Mechanically Tenderized Beef on Canada’s requirement that all mechanically tenderized beef (MTB) be labeled as such and include instructions for safe cooking came into effect on Aug. 21.


– China Inspection and Quarantine: Importation of Dutch Potatoes to China Approved: legal basis and import requirements of the Chinese legislation, examined by Rachel Shen, Chemlinked, Reach24 Consulting Group;

 Chinese retailer introduces infant formula recall insurance, by Mark Astley+ on, 25-Aug-2014: Chinese retailer Suning Redbaby has reportedly begun offering an infant formula insurance policy that compensates customers in the event of a recall.


– Evidence links salmonella outbreak to imported eggs, by Rod Addy+ on, 26-Aug-2014: Health and food safety authorities have confirmed the salmonella outbreak in Europe publicised earlier this week has been linked to eggs.

EU and Cape Verde agree on new 4 year Protocol to Fisheries Partnership Agreementby European Commission, DG Mare website: the European Union and Cape Verde have agreed on a new Protocol to the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Union and Cape Verde. The four-year Protocol will replace the current Protocol which expires on 31 August 2014.It will allow 71 EU vessels to fish for tuna and other highly migratory species in Cape Verdean waters. In return, the Union has increased its financial contribution and will pay Cape Verde €550 000 per year for the first two years of application and €500 000 per year for the final two years of application.


– Lindt has had enough of Indian regulations, by Nandini Kumar, Bangalore Mirror Bureau: Lindt & Sprungli has decided to fold its operations in the country after more than two of its consignments brought into India (in August 2013 and January 2014) were sent back due to a new set of import rules.


Ghirardelli Settles “White Chocolate” Labeling Suit for $5.25 Million, by David Ter Molen, FoodIdentity Blog: Ghirardelli Chocolate Co. has agreed to pay approximately $5.25 million to resolve a putative class action that accused the company of improperly advertising certain products as containing “white chocolate” when they failed to contain cocoa butter, which is required for “white chocolate” or “white chocolate flavor” under FDA regulations.


Information Note: Ebola and Food Safety: if food products are properly prepared and cooked, humans cannot become infected by consuming them: the Ebola virus is inactivated through cooking. Basic hygiene measures can prevent infection in people in direct contact with infected animals or with raw meat and by-products. Basic hygiene measures include regular hand washing and changing of clothes and boots before and after touching these animals and their products. However, sick and diseased animal should never be consumed.

Food recalls in EU – Week 23 – 2014

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

– Foreign bodies: glass fragments in sliced bamboo, following company’s own check. Origin China, notified by Germany;

– Heavy metals: cadmium in frozen whole squids, following a border control. Origin Argentina, notified by France.

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

– Heavy metals: mercury in food supplement, following an official control on the market. Origin Netherlands, notified by Sweden;

– Food additives and flavorings: undeclared sulphitesin organic dried dates, following an official control on the market. Origin Tunisia (via Germany), notified by Poland; 

– Pathogenic micro organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in chilled smoked salmon, following an official control on the market. Origin Denmark, notified by Denmark.

Amongst border rejections we have Bacillus cereus in red beancurd sauce from China, Salmonella spp. in frozen poultry preparation from Brazil and in paan leaves from India, aflatoxins in groundnuts and peanuts from India, in corn from Argentina and in groundnuts kernels without shell from India, shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in frozen sheep meat and lamb meat from New Zealand, high content of aluminium in noodles from China (via Hong Kong), absence of certified analytical report and of Common Entry Document (CED) for melon seeds from Nigeria and for paan leaves from India, quinalphos in peppers from Sri Lanka and clofentezine in peppers and fresh peppers from Turkey, methoxyfenozide in grape leaves in brine from Turkey, unauthorised substance dichlorvos in oloyin beans from Nigeria, carbendazim in parboiled basmati rice from Pakistan, buprofezin and imidacloprid in oolong tea from China, chlorpyriphos, buprofezin, acetamiprid and imidacloprid in green tea from China, poor temperature control – rupture of the cold chain – of frozen pandalid shrimps and frozen sardins from Morocco, of frozen tuna from New Zealand and of frozen skipjack Tuna from Cape Verde, damaged packaging of chilled greater amberjack from Tunisia, mercury in chilled sea beam from Egypt, parasitic infestation with Anisakis of silver scabbardfish from Morocco.

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

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella in larynx of horse, following an official control on the market. Origin Poland, notified by Sweden.

For food contact materials we have border rejections for migration of lead from enamel trays and migration of formaldehyde from melamine bowl soccer 2014 from China.

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