Food recalls in EU – Week 18 – 2014

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

– Food additives and flavourings: too high content of sulphite in sauce, following an official control on the market. Origin Thailand, notified by Denmark;

– Foreign bodies: glass fragments in ice shakes, following company’s own check. Origin Germany, notified by Germany, distributed also to Belgium;

– Mycotoxins: deoxynivalenol (DON) in corn cakes, following company’s own check. Origin Belgium, notified by France.

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

– Incorrect labelling: undeclared presence of gluten and peanut in flavoured cereal bars, following an official control on the market. Origin United Kingdom, notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Malta and Spain;

– Industrial contaminants: polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in smoked sprats in oil, following an official control on the market. Origin Latvia, notified by Latvia, distributed also to Lithuania;

– Mycotoxins: aflatoxins in madras curry powder, following an official control on the market. Origin India (via United Kingdom), notified by Germany;

– Mycotoxins: aflatoxins in garlic cracker nuts, following an official control on the market. Origin Philippines (via Germany), notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Belgium;

– Mycotoxins: aflatoxins in cracker nuts, following an official control on the market. Origin Philippines (via Germany), notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Belgium;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Shigatoxin producing Escherichia Coli in chilled unboned veal meat (vacuum packaged), following an official control on the market. Origin Netherlands, notified by Italy;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in raw goat milk cheese, following company’s own check. Origin France, notified by France, distributed also to Belgium, Germany, Netherlands and United Kingdom;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella Typhimurium in frozen turkey shoulders, following company’s own check. Origin Italy, notified by France;

Residues of veterinary medicinal products: residue level above MRL for sulfadiazine in porc meat, following company’s own check. Origin Belgium, notified by Belgium, distributed also to Germany, Netherlands and Poland.

In the wake of the Horsemeat scandal we have an interesting alert notification for:

– Residues of veterinary medicinal products: phenylbutazone and oxyphenylbutazone in horse meat, following an official control on the market. Origin Ireland, notified by Ireland, distributed also to Belgium, France and Netherlands.

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, Salmonella Spp. in frozen salted chicken breast from Argentina, in frozen salted chicken half breasts and fillets from Brazil, Salmonella Mbandaka in hulled sesame seeds from India, Salmonella in paan/betel leaves from India, unauthorised use of colour E 110 – Sunset Yellow FCF in biscuits different flavours from the Dominican Republic, unsuitable transport conditions (rusty and deteriorated barrels) for honey from Moldova, omethoate and dimethoate in fresh green beans from Kenya, malathion in fresh peppers from Turkey, improper health certificate(s) for okra from India, aflatoxins in bitter apricot kernels from Uzbekistan (dispatched from Turkey), absence of health certificate(s) for corn sticks from China, parasitic infestation with Anisakis of chilled silver scabbardfish from Morocco and prohibited substance chloramphenicol in frozen dried shrimp mix from Myanmar.

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

– Poor or insufficient controls: hay unfit for animal nutrition (detected Colchicum), following company’s own check. Origin Germany, notified by Netherlands.

For food contact materials we have two alert notification, followed by a withdrawal from the market:

– Migration of primary aromatic amines from solid spoons, following an official control on the market. Origin Netherlands (via United Kingdom), notified by Ireland;

– Migration of primary aromatic amines from spaghetti ladle, following an official control on the market. Origin United Kingdom, notified by Ireland.

We have also a border rejection for migration of melamine from melamine plates from China.

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Food recalls in EU – Week 10 – 2014

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

Food additives and flavourings: unauthorised colour E 128 – Red 2G, E 110, Sunset Yellow (FCF), E 124 – Ponceau 4R/cochineal red A in sliced ginger pickles, following an official control on the market. Origin Japan (via Netherlands), notified by Finland;

We have also one recall, following an information for attention notification:

– Composition: unauthorised substance vanadium in food supplement, following an official control on the market. Origin United States, notified by Finland;

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

– Pesticide residues: dimethoate in apples, following an official control on the market. Origin Poland, notified by Sweden.

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

– Packaging defective/incorrect: vacuum leakage in bags with high energy meal for enteral nutrition, following company’s own check. Origin Germany, notified by Denmark.

We have also a seizure of frozen yellow tuna bits for high content of histamine. Origin India, notified by Italy.

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in boneless beef meat and chilled bovine meat from Brazil, aflatoxins in roasted pistachios and in dried figs from Turkey, in pistachio nuts from Iran, in pistachio kernels from Afghanistan (via Turkey), parasitic infestation with Anisakis of chilled silver scabbardfish from Morocco, mercury in frozen swordfish from Senegal, histamine in canned sardines in soja oil from Indonesia, benzo(a)pyrene in smoked sardines from Ghana, poor temperature control of frozen squid from India, benzo(a)pyrene in chilli oil and in hot chilli sauce from China, chlorpyriphos-ethyl and diphennylamine in green peas from Kenya, carbendazim in fresh peppers from Turkey and in basmati rice from India, famoxadone in peas from Kenya, too high content of sulphite in dried apricots from Turkey, hexaconazole in long yard beans and permethrin and lambda-cyhalothrin  in chilli peppers from the Dominican Republic, unauthorised substance sibutramine in slimming coffee from the Philippines and buprofezin, chlorpyriphos-ethyl, and acetamiprid in tea from China, high content of aluminium in potato vermicelli from China.

For feed, we have an alert notification for too high contents of ragweed seeds (Ambrosia spp.) in complete food for birds. Origin Belgium, notified by Germany.

For food contact materials we have migration of chromium and manganese from kitchenware in plastic and metal, migration of chromium from steel kitchen cutlery and too high overall migration from folding plastic forks from China, migration of primary aromatic amines from nylon whisk from Hong Kong.

We have also a border rejection for unauthorised genetically modified (Bt63) rice in choline chloride 60% corn cob from China.

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