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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Food recalls in EU – Week 7 – 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:

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in raw milk cheese coated with grape marc, following company’s own check. Origin and notification from France, distributed also to United Kingdom.

We have also one information for follow-up notification, followed by a recall:

– Composition: carbon monoxide treatment in chilled tuna, following an official control on the market. Origin Spain, notification from Italy.

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

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

– Industrial contaminants: hydrogen peroxide in vanilla chocolate pudding, following food poisoning. Origin Germany, notification from Italy;

– Industrial contaminants: benzo(a)pyrene and heavy polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in smoked sprats, following an official control on the market. Origin Estonia, notification from Hungary;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in chilled cheese, following an official control on the market. Origin France, notification from Belgium;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in chilled beef shoulder, following an official control on the market. Origin and notification from Belgium, distributed also to France;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella Enteritidis in frozen raw chicken meat, following company’s own check. Origin Poland, notification from France;

– Pesticide residues: ethephon in table grapes, following an official control on the market. Origin Peru, notification from Netherlands, distributed also to France, Germany, Norway and Sweden;

– Residues of veterinary medicinal products: prohibited substance 17-alpha-boldenone in bull, following an official control on the market. Origin Spain, animal slaughtered and notification from France, distributed also to Greece;

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, Salmonella typhimurium in chicken breast from Thailand, Salmonella spp. in frozen meat preparations from Brazil and in seasoning mix from India. Shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in frozen bovine meat from Brazil. Norovirus in chilled clams from Tunisia, poor temperature control of frozen prawns from Greenland, histamine in frozen sardines from Morocco. Excrements of insects and live insects in instant noodles and in basmati rice from India. Absence of health certificate(s) for nuts mix from India. Unauthorised novel food ingredient Siraitia Grosvenorii in protein bar from the United States and E 216 – propyl p-hydroxybenzoate unauthorised in food supplement from Brazil. Unlabelled irradiation of dog chew from China. E 385 – calcium disodium ethylene diamine tetra acetate (CDEDTA) unauthorised and unauthorised food additive brominated vegetable oil (BVO) in soft drinks from the United States. Acetamiprid in pepper from the Dominican Republic and in tea from Morocco, acetamiprid and fipronil in green jasmine tea from Morocco, oxamyl in strawberries, dimethoate in fresh oranges and carbendazim in fresh artichokes from Egypt, chlorpyriphos-ethyl in mint from Morocco, procymidone, clofentezine and formentanate in sweet peppers from Turkey, prochloraz in chili peppers from Thailand.

For feed, we have an alert for mycotoxins (aflatoxins) in organic soybeans from Kazakhstan. Notification from Denmark.

For food contact materials we don’t have any notification this week.

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