Food recalls in EU – Week 8/2016

Last week on EU RASFF (Rapid Alert System for food and feed) we can find the following relevant notifications:

1. Alerts followed by a recall from consumers:

  • Listeria monocytogenes (presence CFU/g) in organic falafel nuggets from the Netherlands, following an official control on the market. Notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Belgium, France, Ireland, Spain and United Kingdom;
  • Mercury (1.18 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen blue shark slices (Prionace glauca) from Spain, following company’s own check. Notified by Italy;
  • Salmonella (presence/25g) in raw milk brie cheese from France, following company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to Austria, Czech Republic, Germany and Spain;
  • Salmonella Kentucky (present) in dried parsley from Egypt, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany, distributed also to Belgium, Finland, France and Netherlands;
  • Traces of milk (casein 0.03 mg/item) in frozen fish gratin from Sweden, with raw material from Denmark, following company’s own check. Notified by Sweden, distributed also to Norway:
  • Undeclared milk ingredient in swiss rolls from Spain, following an official control on the market. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Italy and Portugal;
  • Undeclared mustard and celery in spice mix from Sweden, following company’s own check. Notified by Sweden, distributed also to Finland, Norway and Denmark.

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

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

  • Listeria monocytogenes (570 CFU/g) in frozen smoked trout from Turkey, via Bulgaria, following an official control on the market. Notified by Netherlands;
  • Mercury (1.845 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen swordfish loins from Vietnam, via Belgium, following an official control on the market. Notified by Czech Republic, distributed also to Denmark, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia;
  • Plastic fragments in candy bars from the Netherlands, following company’s own check. Notified by Netherlands, distributed also to (see links embedded to reach some of the press release-public warning): Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Faeroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, GreeceHong Kong, Hungary,  Iceland, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Monaco, Morocco, Nepal, New Caledonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United KingdomWest Bank and Gaza Strip;
  • Unauthorised substance yohimbine in and insufficient labelling of food supplement from the United States, via Sweden, following an official control on the market. Notified by Norway;
  • Unauthorised substance yohimbine in food supplement from the United States, following an official control on the market. Notified by Norway, distributed also to Sweden.

4. Seizures:

5. Border rejections:

Country of notification Countries concerned Subject Action Taken
Italy Italy, United States (O) aflatoxins (B1 = 10.4; Tot. = 11.6 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled almonds from the United States re-dispatch
Ireland Ireland, Pakistan (O), United Kingdom aflatoxins (B1 = 15.7; Tot. = 16.4 µg/kg – ppb) in spice mix from Pakistan official detention
Italy China (O), Italy aflatoxins (B1 = 5.3; Tot. = 6.5 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled peanuts from China  
Italy Egypt (O), Italy aflatoxins (B1 = 92; Tot. = 107 / B1 = 5.1; Tot. = 5.9 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts from Egypt placed under customs seals
Germany Germany, Turkey (O) aflatoxins (Tot. = 51.3 µg/kg – ppb) in roasted pistachios and almonds from Turkey import not authorised
Belgium Belgium, Gambia (O) benzo(a)pyrene (7 µg/kg – ppb) in smoked sardinella (Sardinella spp.) from the Gambia import not authorised
Italy India (O), Italy cadmium (2.6 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen squid chunks from India import not authorised
United Kingdom South Korea (O), United Kingdom cadmium (2.9 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen squid (Nototodarus spp.) from South Korea import not authorised
United Kingdom Laos (O), United Kingdom, Vietnam high count of Escherichia coli (1000 CFU/g) in praew leaves (Vietnamese coriander – Polygonum odoratum) from Laos, via Vietnam destruction
Italy Italy, Thailand (O) mercury (0.11 mg/kg – ppm) in pet food from Thailand import not authorised
Italy Commission Services, Italy, Portugal, Vietnam (O) prohibited substance nitrofuran (metabolite) nitrofurazone (SEM) (1.43 µg/kg – ppb) in frozen pangasius fillets from Vietnam import not authorised
Greece Greece, India (O) Salmonella (in 1 out of 5 samples /25g) in hulled sesame seeds from India import not authorised
United Kingdom Laos (O), United Kingdom, Vietnam Salmonella (in 4 out of 5 samples /25g) and high count of Escherichia coli (620 CFU/g) in frozen perilla (Perilla frutescens) from Laos, via Vietnam destruction
Italy Italy, Vietnam (O) too high level of overall migration (141 mg/kg – ppm) from nitrile gloves (food contact materials) from Vietnam re-dispatch
Poland Japan (O), Poland unauthorised colour Rose Bengal in marinated bamboo shoots from Japan destruction
United Kingdom Thailand (O), United Kingdom unauthorised substance carbofuran (0.01 mg/kg – ppm) in aubergines from Thailand destruction
Italy India (O), Italy unauthorised substance propargite (0.29 mg/kg – ppm) in green tea from India placed under customs seals

(Source: RASFF Portal)

Food recalls in EU/Week 42

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

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in chilled salads, following company’s own check. Origin France, notified by France, distributed also to Belgium and Luxembourg;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella Indiana in chilled and frozen whole chicken, chicken cuts and chicken liver, following company’s own check. Origin Denmark, notified by Denmark, distributed also to Australia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom;

– Pesticide residues: chlorothalonil and dimethoate in fresh endives, following an official control on the market. Origin Belgium, notified by Belgium, distributed also to Netherlands;

– Allergens: undeclared gluten and egg in baby food, following company’s own check. Origin Poland, notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Ireland.

Between the information for attention, followed by a recall from consumers:

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Bacillus cereus enterotoxigenic in gnocchi, following an official control on the market. Origin Italy, notified by Germany.

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

– Industrial contaminants: too high content of hydrogen peroxid in chocolate & vanilla desert, following a consumer complaint. Origin Czech Republic, notified by Germany;

– Mycotoxins: Ochratoxin A in whole emmer wheat pasta, following company’s own check. Origin Italy, notified by Italy, distributed also to Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Switzerland and United Kingdom;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella spp in smoked sausages, following company’s own check. Origin Belgium, notified by Belgium, distributed also to Luxembourg;

– Residues of veterinary medicinal products: diclazuril unauthorised in chilled equine carcasses, following an official control on the market. Origin Portugal, notified from Portugal, distributed also to Italy.

Amongst border rejections we have:

– aflatoxins in pistachio nuts, raw pistachios in shell from Iran and from Iran (dispatched from Turkey), in sweet shelled almond kernels from Afghanistan (via Turkey), in almonds from the United States, in crushed chillies from India, in whole nutmegs from Indonesia and groundnuts from Brazil;

– sulphite unauthorised in apple drink from Lebanon;

– unsuitable organoleptic characteristics of nutmeg from Indonesia infested with moulds;

– Salmonella spp in paan leaves from India;

– methomyl in peppers from Turkey;

– carbendazim and unauthorised substances hexaconazole and isoprothiolane in fresh celery from Cambodia;

– methamidophos and acephate in red chili peppers from Vietnam;

– prohibited substance nitrofuran (metabolite) nitrofurazone (SEM) in frozen catfish  and Pangasius fillets from Vietnam;

– tuna chunks in brine from the Seychelles with defective packaging;

– benzo(a)pyrene and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in unrefined soybean oil from Ukraine;

– unauthorised substance molybdenum chelate in food supplement from the United States;

– E 363 – succinic acid unauthorised in vodka from Russia.

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

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: possible presence of Bacillus anthracis in beef bones for feed, following an official control on the market. Origin Slovakia, notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Germany.

and border rejections for Salmonella spp. in fish meal from Mauritania, unauthorised genetically modified cotton seeds from Côte d’Ivoire, aflatoxins in birdfeed from India and too high count of Enterobacteriaceae in dog chews from Thailand.

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

– Migration of lead from springform heart shape, following an official control on the market. Origin China, notified by Germany, distributed also to Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia;

and border rejections for migration of manganese from grill plate and of formaldehyde from kitchenware from China.

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