Food recalls in EU – Week 8/2015

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: undeclared almond (>18 mg/kg – ppm) in spice mix from Sweden, via the United Kingdom, following company’s own check. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to France, Ireland and Malta;

– Biocontaminants: atropine (0.062 mg/kg – ppm) and scopolamine (0.033 mg/kg – ppm) in brown millet from Austria, following an official control on the market. Notified by Austria, distributed also to Germany;

– Mycotoxins: aflatoxins (B1 = 7.02 µg/kg – ppb) in basmati rice from Belgium, manufactured in France, following an official control on the market. Notified by Luxembourg;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (480 CFU/g) in extra tenderloin slices (lomo) from Spain, following a company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to Belgium and Luxembourg.

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

None

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

– Biocontaminats: atropine (156.2; 207.5 µg/kg – ppb) and scopolamine (27.2; 31.3 µg/kg – ppb) in organic polenta cornmeal from Germany, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany, distributed also to Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Croatia, Estonia, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland;

– Foreign bodies: microchip in pig carcasses from Italy, following an official control on the market. Notified by Italy, distributed also to Austria, Monaco and Romania;

– Unauthorised novel food ingredient aegeline (presence) in super thermo powder from the United States, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany, distributed also to Netherlands;

– Veterinary drug residues (14600 µg/kg – ppb) in various cuts of ovine meat from the United Kingdom, following an official control on the market. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to France and Ireland.

4. Seizures:

5. Border rejections:

  • acetamiprid (0.953 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh peppers from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 27; Tot. = 35 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts and peanut kernels (B1 = 3; Tot. = 3.5 µg/kg – ppb) from India
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 3.38 / B1 = 3.46 µg/kg – ppb) in blanched groundnuts and peanuts in shell (B1 = 78.9; Tot. = 93.5 µg/kg – ppb) from China
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 4; Tot. = 15.2 mg/kg – ppm) in roasted chopped hazelnuts and in pistachio nuts (Tot. = 17.16 µg/kg – ppb) from Turkey
  • ochratoxin A (61 µg/kg – ppb) in raisins from Afghanistan
  • chlorpyrifos (0.44 mg/kg – ppm), penconazole (0.063 mg/kg – ppm), iprodione (0.290 mg/kg – ppm), acetamiprid (0.016 mg/kg – ppm), tebuconazole (0.18 mg/kg – ppm), tetraconazole (0.052 mg/kg – ppm), esfenvalerate (0.12 mg/kg – ppm), indoxacarb (0.15 mg/kg – ppm), dimethomorph (0.06 mg/kg – ppm), difenoconazole (0.073 mg/kg – ppm), azoxystrobin (0.50 mg/kg – ppm), boscalid (0.5 mg/kg – ppm), kresoxim-methyl (0.05 mg/kg – ppm), pyraclostrobin (0.05 mg/kg – ppm), emamectin (0.016 mg/kg – ppm) and fluopyram (0.058 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substances carbendazim (0.24 mg/kg – ppm), carbaryl (0.019 mg/kg – ppm) and fenbutatin oxide (5.4 mg/kg – ppm) in vine leaves in brine from Turkey
  • chlorpyrifos (12 mg/kg – ppm), pyridaben (2.0 mg/kg – ppm) and acetamiprid (1.6 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substance chlorfenapyr (2.1` mg/kg – ppm) in broccoli from China
  • chlorpyrifos-methyl (0.38 mg/kg – ppm) in asparagus peas from the Dominican Republic
  • clofentezine (0.056 mg/kg – ppm) in sweet peppers from Turkey
  • dead insects (presence in 8% of sampled peanuts) in groundnuts in shell from Egypt
  • fenthion (0.113 mg/kg – ppm) in peppers from Turkey
  • lufenuron (0.089 mg/kg – ppm) and methomyl (0.2 mg/kg – ppm) in green beans from Kenya
  • poor temperature control – rupture of the cold chain – of frozen freshwater shrimps (Macrobrachium rosenbergii) from Bangladesh
  • propargite (0.06 mg/kg – ppm) in strawberries from Egypt
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in sesame seeds and betel leaves from India
  • shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli (stx2+, O105H8 /25g) in frozen boneless beef (Bos taurus) from Brazil
  • too high content of sulphite (2178 mg/kg – ppm) in dried apricots from Turkey
  • FCM: too high level of overall migration (237 mg/kg – ppm) from hand blender from China
  • unauthorised substances carbofuran (0.07 mg/kg – ppm) and hexaconazole (0.22 mg/kg – ppm) in chili peppers from Vietnam

Food recalls in EU – Week 8 – 2014

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

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Shigatoxin-producing Escherichia Coli in vacuum packed sliced salami, following company’s own check. Origin and notification from Italy, distributed also to Austria, Belgium, Malta and Netherlands;

– Foreign bodies: glass fragments in muffins from skimmed milf, following a consumer complaint. Origin France, notification from Germany, distributed also to Poland.

We have also two recalls, following information for follow-up and information for attention notification:

– Foreign bodies: glass fragments in ground hazelnuts, following company’s own check. Origin and notification from Germany;

– Incorrect labelling: wrong best before date in trout fillets in garlic, following company’s own check. Origin Denmark, notification from Netherlands.

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

– Allergens: undeclared milk ingredient and soya in biscuits, following company’s own check. Origin and notification from the United Kingdom, distributed also to Ireland;

– Foreign bodies: glass fragments and pieces of wood in canned chickpeas, following company’s own check. Origin Spain, notification from France;

– Industrial contaminants: high content of benzophenone in gluten free muesli and porridge, following an official control on the market. Origin and notification from Ireland, distributed also to Malta and United Kingdom;

– Industrial contaminants: benzo(a)pyrene and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in smoked sprats, following an official control on the market. Origin Latvia, notification from Hungary, distributed also to Czech Republic;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella Spp. in frozen gyros-like pork roasting spit, following company’s own check. Origin and notification from Czech Republic (with raw materials from Germany).

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, Salmonella in frozen poultry meat preparations from Brazil and in frozen clams from Vietnam. Aflatoxins in  unshelled pistachios, hazel nuts and dried figs from Turkey, in peanuts in shell, groundnut kernels and blanched groundnuts from China and in pistachio nuts from Iran. Shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in chilled beef from Brazil, norovirus in chilled clams from Tunisia, high count of Escherichia coli in frozen baby clam meat from Turkey, pesticide residues in grape leaves in brine from Turkey, dead insects in pistachio nuts from the United States infested (black and green moulds) and in raisins from India (black moulds). Dimethoate in flowers of limetree Tilia Tomentosa from Albania and in oranges from Egypt, carbendazim in artichokes from Egypt, formetanate in fresh peppers from Turkey and acephate in basmati rice from India. Histamine in sardins in oil from Indonesia, absence of health certificate(s) for fish oil (cod liver oil, colostrum) from the United States and E 223 – Sodium metabisulphite unauthorised in coconut milk from Thailand.

For feed, we have border rejections for foreign body (dust) in organic maize from Ukraine, infested with moulds, and for Salmonella spp. in fish meal from Mauritania.

For food contact materials we have border rejections for too high content of chromium in plastic peeler with stainless steel blade from China and from barbeque sets from China (via Hong Kong). Deterioration of organoleptic characteristics (pungent odour) of food in contact with plastic graduated jugs from China.

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