Food recalls in EU – Week 25/2015

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 soya and celery  in canned vegetable ravioli in tomato & herb sauce from Belgium, following an official control on the market. Notified by United Kingdom;

– FCM (Food Contact Materials). Heavy metals: migration of cadmium (mean value 0.63 mg/item) and of lead (mean value: 5.6 mg/item) from tumblers from China, following an official control on the market. Notified by Poland, distributed also to Estonia, Russia and Ukraine;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella spp. (presence/25g) in sausages from Spain, following company’s own check. Notified by France.

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

– Food additives and flavourings: unauthorised use of colour E 127 – erythrosine (56 mg/kg – ppm) in cupcakes from South Africa, following an official control on the market. Notified by Belgium, distributed also to France, Luxembourg and Netherlands;

– Non pathogenic micro-organisms: cranberry juice from Denmark infested with moulds, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Denmark, distributed also to Germany, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market/from recipients:

– Allergens: undeclared milk ingredient, soya and lactose in acai ice covered with chocolate from Slovakia, following company’s own check. Notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Belgium;

– Allergens: undeclared milk ingredient (protein: 7.2; 13.5 mg/kg – ppm) in biscuits with orange jelly from Poland, following an official control on the market. Notified by Spain;

– Foreign bodies: glass fragments in chilled raw pork meat from Spain, following company’s own check. Notified by France

– Mycotoxins: fumonisins (B1: 2319.84; sum of FB1, FB2: 2642.47 µg/kg – ppb) in popcorn from Hungary, following an official control on the market. Notified by Slovakia;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (140/g) in cheese with bacon from Spain, following an official control on the market. Notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Belgium;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes ( in raw milk cheese from France, following company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to Belgium and United Kingdom;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella spp. (presence/25g) in chilled ham from France, following company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to Switzerland and United Kingdom.

4. Seizures:

– In Norway we had a seizure for unauthorised placing on the market of cod liver oil, following an official control on the market. Notified by Norway, distributed also to Denmark and Finland;

– In United Kingdom, we had a seizure for illegal import of mint from Vietnam, following a border control. Notified by United Kingdom.

5. Border rejections:

  • acetamiprid (0.092 mg/kg – ppm) and dimethoate (0.34 mg/kg – ppm) in tea from China
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 21.50; Tot. = 23.58 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios from Turkey and from Iran, via Turkey (Tot. = 47.5 µg/kg – ppb)
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 251; Tot. = 284 µg/kg – ppb) in rice from Thailand
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 4.5 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts from China
  • clothianidin (0.22 mg/kg – ppm) in chili peppers from the Dominican Republic
  • dried apricots from Turkey infested with moulds
  • fenamiphos (0.167 mg/kg – ppm) in sweet peppers from Turkey
  • live insects in basmati rice from India
  • mandipropamid (0.052 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh pea pods from Kenya
  • FCM (Food Contact Materials): migration of chromium (6.2 mg/kg – ppm) and of manganese (2.2 mg/kg – ppm) from steel tools for barbecue from China
  • FCM (Food Contact Materials) too high content of chromium (0.4 mg/kg – ppm) in tongs for spaghetti from China
  • omethoate (0.03 mg/kg – ppm) in mangos from Brazil
  • poor temperature control (>-12 °C) of frozen chicken from Ukraine
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in betel/paan leaves, sesame seeds and hulled sesame seeds from India
  • shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli (stx+ and eae+) in chilled boneless beef from Brazil
  • unauthorised irradiation (thermoluminescence) of red rice extract from China
  • unauthorised substance anthraquinone (0.047 mg/kg – ppm) in black tea from China
  • unauthorised substance carbendazim (1.3 mg/kg – ppm) in dragon fruits
  • unauthorised substance chlorfenapyr (0.017 mg/kg – ppm) in papayas from Brazil
  • unauthorised substance dichlorvos (0.18 mg/kg – ppm) in dried beans from Nigeria

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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