Food recalls in EU – Week 20 – 2014

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

– Heavy metals: mercury in frozen sliced swordfish, following an official control on the market. Origin Spain, notified by Italy;

– Heavy metals: mercury in frozen swordfish fillets, following an official control on the market. Origin Portugal, notified by Italy;

– Composition: risk of overdosage with nicotinic acid from food supplement, following an official control on the market. Origin United Kingdom (via Netherlands), notified by France;

– Foreign bodies: glass fragments in pitted green olives, following a consumer complaint. Origin Spain, notified by United Kingdom.

Between the information for attention and the information for follow-up, we find two recalls from consumers:

– Composition: unauthorised substance magnesium aspartate in food supplement, following an official control on the market. Origin Sweden, notified by Finland;

Pathogenic micro-organism: Salmonella Spp. in sausages, following a food poisoning. Origin Spain, notified by France.

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

– Allergens: undeclared soya in spicy pate, following an official control on the market. Origin Poland, notified by Slovakia;

– Composition: high content of morphine in blue poppy seeds, following an official control in non-member country. Origin France (packaged in Slovakia, via Czech Republic), notified by Czech Republic;

– Heavy metals: cadmium in murex sea snails, following an official control on the market. Origin Italy, notified by Italy, distributed also to Hungary;

– Heavy metals: mercury in frozen swordfish, following an official control on the market. Origin Portugal, notified by Spain;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: foodborne outbreak suspected to be caused by cherry tomatoes, following a food poisoning. Origin Morocco (via France), notified by France, distributed also to Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Slovakia and United Kingdom;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in frozen minced meat, following company’s own check. Origin Italy, notified by France.

Regarding border rejections we have, first of all, an recall from consumers for:

– Pesticides residues: carbendazim in parboiled basmati rice, following a border control. Origin India, notified by Italy;

Among the others, we have moreover,  aflatoxins in shelled almonds from the United States, groundnuts from China, in pistachio kernels from Syria, via Turkey, in groundnuts in shell from Egypt and in groundnut kernels from India, absence of certified analytical report for fig jam from Turkey, attempt to illegally import shelled groundnuts from Ghana and paan/betel leaves from Bangladesh, dead insects (maggots) in and poor hygienic state of brown and red beans from Nigeria, procymidone in yardlong beans from Thailand, carbendazim in parboiled basmati rice from India, cadmium in frozen cooked mussels from Chile, norovirus in chilled clams from Tunisia, too high content of sulphite in dried fruit (kiwi slices) from China, prohibited substance nitrofuran (metabolite) furazolidone (AOZ) in frozen shrimps from India, residue level above MRL for tetracycline  in frozen shrimps from Vietnam, poor temperature control of frozen tuna from the Seychelles, undeclared egg in frozen crab sticks and lobster tails (surimi) and in frozen surimi preparations from China.

For feed, we don’t have any relevant notification this week.

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

– Migration of formaldehyde and too high level of overall migration in melamine ware, following an official control on the market. Origin China, notified by Cyprus.

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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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